Angel Otero

That First Rain in May

29 May – 24 August 2024

West Hollywood

Magical realism and abstraction converge in the work of artist Angel Otero, whose first Los Angeles exhibition with Hauser & Wirth will be on view at the gallery’s West Hollywood location beginning 29 May. Otero’s personal recollections of his upbringing in Puerto Rico are woven through this array of new paintings and sculptures.

Through a labor-intensive process of oil painting on plexiglass, then scraping the applied medium into ‘skins’ which he subsequently collages with wet paint onto canvas, Otero has developed a signature mode of expressive storytelling. The artist’s unique approach allows for an active exchange with the medium, inviting chance and unpredictability into his practice. In surreal and fragmentary scenes, Otero mines his personal history to make sense of the current moment, animating everyday objects and environments that are loosely based on the domestic spaces of his youth.

While Otero is best known as a painter, his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth marks the artist’s return to sculpture. Combining ceramics with welded metal, three new sculptural works on view evoke the mutable landscapes of childhood remembered. Their subject matter consists of identifiable objects that undergo transformation and reconstruction, creating uncanny new contexts. Otero’s playful reimagining of these artifacts and their associations is not dissimilar to the ways in which memory becomes distorted over time.

Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday 29 May, 6 – 8 pm.

Image: Neverland (detail), oil paint and fabric collaged on canvas, 241.3 x 241.3 x 3.8 cm / 95 x 95 x 1 1/2 in ©️ Angel Otero. Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer

About the Artist

Angel Otero

Angel Otero was born in 1981 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, where he resided until moving to Chicago in 2004. He currently splits his time between New York and Puerto Rico. In 2009, Otero was included in the exhibition ‘Constellations’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, shortly after receiving his...

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