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Artist of the day: Jennie Ottinger @ Johansson Projects

Friday, September 11, 2009 · 6 Comments

Today I’m profiling Jennie Ottinger whose work is on display at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA until Sept. 18th.

Ottinger’s technique reminds me of the Impressionists, most notably Sargent, for the way her brushstrokes, especially in her figurative pieces, appear messy and chaotic but at closer glance are actually quite deliberate. My favorites in this series are the houses and streetscapes where she really captures the beauty of the mundane in an honest and unexpected way.

Many of her pieces have a degree of ugliness in them such as Royal Family, Men in Suits, Man Chat (below-left) and Man with Cane (below-middle). And I can’t help but compare the two paintings below to the German Expressionist, Max Bechmann’s, Self-Portrait (below-right).  Suffice it to say that sometimes the truth, or our perception of the truth, is ugly.

Jennie Ottinger: Man Chat Jennie Ottinger: Man with Cane Max Beckmann: Self-portrait

For more on the artist, check out her interview on Spraygraphic.

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  • 1 Khairul // Dec 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Our visit to Moab happened to cdonciie with the annual Jeep Safari. So we didn’t spend much time in town and that means we missed this gem. Yet another thing for next trip. Nice set of shots and, yes, you have gotta love a place that still works on the honour system.

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    Thanks! I got a nice email from Lin today. He was out exploring when I stopepd by his shop the other day, but he offered to take me to some secret locales next time I’m in Moab. This is why I love rock shop owners!

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