Thick oil paintings, over acrylic paintings creates a simple yet confusing hesitation in Michael Ottersen's geometric abstractions. Their multiple contradictions stem from how they seem hell-bent upon producing the physical appearance of object-ness while completely content with just being an illusion. Shapes attempt to produce a discoverable point of reference, but it is through memory and reflection that steers the task to completion. The bold and slightly--sometimes very--off color palette combined with the cake icing brushwork makes his paintings seem familiar and fun, however there is always the suspicion that what is unseen is somehow more important.
Ottersen has shown often in New York City, most recently at Feature Inc. Locally his work has been seen at Bellevue Art Museum, Gallery 4Culture and Soil Gallery, Seattle.
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