OTA ASKS KIYOMI BAIRD
- HAS YOUR VISION CHANGED SINCE YOU OPENED OTA CONTEMPORARY?
I feel even more strongly about the vision of OTA. OTA is an art space that inspires curiosity and human passions through art. OTA provides a unique and welcoming space for showing and connecting with contemporary art. OTA seeks to encourage dialogue among multiple artistic disciplines to expand our creative vision. Our goal is to evoke new ways of looking and learning to stimulate a sense of joy and wonder about the universe.
OTA’s themed exhibitions and events are curated thoughtfully, with special consideration towards personal discovery and joy. OTA shows paintings, sculptures, and art objects enabling new ways of seeing the poetic spiritual beauty in contemporary art. OTA encourages a love of beauty, community and art. We open the door to the universe, inviting guests to discover themselves and the joy of seeing beauty in art and life.
2. DOES THE THEMED EXHIBITIONS HAVE A MEANING OR MESSAGE?
I started with BEGINNINGS. I like BEGINNINGS. We all do, if we allow ourselves the joy of discovery. So I have had BEGINNINGS I, II, III. One per year.
I like CONNECTIONS because we need to always be reminded how we are all connected to each other on this earth. Yes, there are CONNECTIONS I, II and soon III.
Then I’ve had passing themes to express the dialog between the exhibiting artists, i.e., SURFACES, SYMBOLS, ENIGMAS, VOICES, REFLECTIONS, CONSCIOUSNESS. Most recently we had CELEBRATIONS (we need to celebrate and share our joys with family, friends and community) and DREAMING (we must listen to our hearts and follow our dreams).
You can glean the meaning/message from the exhibition themes: DREAMING>BEGINNINGS>CONNECTIONS>CELEBRATIONS.
3. CAN YOU COMMENT ON SOME OF YOUR ARTISTS?
David A. Clark: I love his disciplined vocabulary of textures and patterns and his wise use of color and light. His work is very pure, and reminds me of Escher: You see and see and see.
Robert Koch: His work invites you into his world of forms that evoke movement, grace and poetry.
Ivan McLean: He invites you to fly, to soar. You feel the wind on your face with a smiling grace.
Kristina Varjan: Each of Kristina’s “Baskets of Peace” is a gift of peace you can feel in just holding her basket. Close your eyes and you have received her gift.
Wes Hunting: He paints with blown and carved glass. He creates a window into a world of color, light and form that is ever changing. So the joy you experience is ever-changing…like life.
Chad Manley: He is a design artist extraordinaire. He conceives of forms for wood and metal that strike your eyes with surprise and joy. They are also functional pieces of furniture we can live with. His works truly give joy everyday.
4. DO YOU HAVE ANY VISIONS OR DREAMS YOU WANT TO EXPLORE.
Art has had many meanings and values throughout history. To me art is a gift from the gods. The artist records and expresses emotions, thoughts and fantasy. Artists work in a timelessness dimension. We can learn a lot from artists about beauty, joy, and love. With their works we can create environments in which we can live and grow surrounded by beauty and joy. And when we are more joyful, we can share that joy and watch it expand, like the ripples in a pond in the moonlight.