McKay Otto


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McKay Otto
McKay Otto’s work represents a dynamic way of contemplating art, where he takes the viewer into new dimensions, breaking a traditional way of seeing. His paintings have a hidden meaning: when they are seen in the dark, Otto’s paintings reveal another work of art which is only unveiled and visible when not in the light. This uncommon and rare experience that enlightens the viewer, truly gives meaning to what he is attempting to convey. He not only surprises us with his ability to play with light and darkness, but his research for new materials that characterize his canvases amaze and delight as well. It is in this way that McKay Otto was able to break the traditional two-dimension- al plane into the three- dimensional. The experience of contemplating McKay’s work, changes, evolves, and is different for everyone who perceives it. As McKay once said, “There’s always light in the dark, you just have to look beyond”. McKay Otto has created a new visual language with indirect reflections of light, color, and geometrical forms, achieving true abstraction. Going further than any other artist, his unique canvases transcend the three-dimensional realm into a universal experience. CV 2019 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, USA Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Palm Beach, FL 2018 CONTEXT Miami, Miami, FL, USA The Square Then Circle: Market Art + Design, Bridgehampton, NY, USA D.C. Solo Pop-UP, Washington D.C., USA 2017 Feminine Feminist: Cinnabar Contemporary Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA Spring Eternal: Gallery 701, Austin, TX, USA Ever A Kiss Ever: Texas Art House, Johnson City, TX, USA Past/Present: Texas Art House, Johnson City, TX, USA 2016 Miami Project 5: The Red Arrow Gallery, Miami, FL, USA PURE: Texas Art House, Johnson City, TX, USA Night and Day: The OZ Studios, CAMIBAart, Houston, TX, USA Texas Contemporary Art Fair: Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston, TX, USA Material Matters: Texas Society of Sculptors, Austin, TX, USA Power of Ten: McNay Museum / Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA Ever or Ever: CAMIAart Gallery, Austin, TX, USA Ever So Ever: Austin Art Projects, Palm Desert, CA, USA 2015 Silo of McKays: Hill Country Science Mill, Johnson City, TX, USA Almost Nothing: Northern-Southern, Austin, TX, USA Texas Abstract, Art Scan Gallery, Houston, TX, USA International Contemporary Art Fair: Cinnabar Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA Texas Abstract: Gallery at Vaudeville, Federicksburg, TX, USA 2014 Transfiguration: Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX, USA Ever Reveal Then Reveal Ever: Houston Baptist University Gallery 220, Houston, TX, USA Texas Abstract: Wade Wilson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA Return: Cinnabar Contemporary Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA Texas Abstract: Galveston Art Center Gallery, Galveston, TX, USA