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I THOUGHT I WAS AN ALIEN
GROUPSHOW
OPENING: 26.112022, 4 p.m.
26.11.2022 -24.1.2023


POLARRAUM HAMBURG
HEUSSWEG 89
20255 HAMBURG

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NEW TRADITIONALISTS

Mein neuer Katalog  NEW TRADITIONALISTS  mit Arbeiten aus den letzten vier Jahren mit Texten von Larissa Kikol, Sasa Bogojev und Heinz-Norbert Jocks ist gerade beim DCV - Verlag erschienen!
Er kann direkt über mich oder beim DCV - Verlag bestellt werden. 

 My new catalogue NEW TRADITIONALISTS with works from the last four years with texts by Larissa Kikol , Sasa Bogojev and Heinz - Norbert Jocks has been published by DCV.
It can be ordered directly from me or via  DCV - link below.. 

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DISSONANCE. Platform Germany


Herausgeber | Editors
Mark Gisbourne, Christoph Tannert / 
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
22,8 cm x 32,5 cm, 384 Seiten | pages
zahlreiche Farbabbildungen | numerous color images
Hardcover mit Leinen | Hardcover with linen

ISBN 978-3-96912-060-6
Erschienen im Mai 2022 bei DCV
Published in May 2022 by DCV




 

 

ABOUT

JUSTINE OTTO

born in Zabrze/Poland.

1996 - 2003 Graduate Studies Free Painting at the Staatliche Hochschule - Städelschule - Frankfurt a. M

2003 Meisterschülerin by Prof. Michael Krebber and Prof. Peter Angermann

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

2014  Phillips collection emerging artist prize, Washington D.C (USA)

2010 Lukas Stipendium in Skagaströnd (Island)

2011 Kunstpreis des Lüneburgischen Landschaftsverbandes

2011 Kulturförderpreis Bildende Kunst des Landkreises Lüneburg

2013 Rolf Seisser Preis des Lions Clubs Frankfurt 

2005 Volker-Hinniger Preis der Stadtgalerie Bamberg 2000 AEG Kunstpreis Ökologie 

Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad

COLLECTIONS: Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. USA,  Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Ines und Jürgen Graf Stiftung, Köln, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Museum Angerlehner, Österreich, Museum Franz Gertsch Schweiz (Willy Michel Stiftung), Schweiz; Niehaus Pharma, Ingelheim, Soer Rusche, Oelde/ Berlin;  Kunsthalle Hense Bochum; Blobel, New York; Ammann Collection, Schweiz ; Philippe Leeman, Antwerpen; Connersmith, Washington D.C,; Lauer Collection Washington D.C.

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Saša Bogojev in Justine Otto's 'New Traditionalists' at DCV Verlag

The inconspicuous thematic and stylistic shifts which have marked Justine Otto's artistic practice over the years have been regularly commended. They were prompted by the compelling impetus of freedom: the freedom to choose subjects that resonate with a point in time, as well as the freedom to utilize paint and modify her technical approach to fit the atmosphere of a given moment. From working
with female figures at the beginning, through a transition to masculine archetypes (heroes, leaders, or cowboys), to the most recent musician paintings, the Polish-born, Germanbased artist has harnessed the increasingly intense and motivating sensation of experiencing an artistic deliverance. And although they stemmed from different sources of inspiration and were energized by disparate intentions, each chapter of her ever-evolving practice pointed towards the next one, developing an oeuvre that, in a way, imitatesthe dynamics of life.

Larissa Kikol in Justine Otto's  Melancholy beneath a hot wind at 'New Traditionalists' at DCV Verlag

...There is no unequivocal answer. The true temperature in Justine Otto’s worlds remains a secret. Whatever it is, the living conditions are in any case inhospitable, so that every movement is a miracle. Even in a fever dream it is difficult to distinguish between shivering, between coldand hot. Rising above that remains the sad romanticism of a man, condemned to loneliness, in the freedom of his solitude. Even the presence of loyal animals (the dogs and horses) does not relieve a certain forlornness. And when the man finally melts into his surroundings, dissolves into this environment, a feeling of leave-taking arises, a sense of melancholy. In this mood the series of portraits seems like a gallery of ancestors and the landscape scenes like nostalgic tales. And yet they are lit up in the here and now, like the glow of the cigarettes.

Jean-Christophe Ammann in Justine Otto's Female Territory at  'Halbpension' at Kerber Verlag

‘Fairy tales are true’, says the artist. What she does is to intensify fairy tale themes by engaging in a medialisation process that blurs their levels of reality. Through the harshness of her pictures, their implacability, Justine Otto creates a reality that is neither overdone nor pathetic, but that touches a nerve in a present time in which extremes are either embedded or exploding, in which the erotic quality of these extremes appear as extended, atrophied, travesties or fetishes of themselves.

Silke Hohmann in Justine Otto's 'Heroes and Hoaxes' at Hatje Cantz

Justine Otto's heroic paintings work away at the history of painting just as they do at humanity's myths of masculinity. They are broken figures: they stand their ground, but their uniforms, saddle horses, and other symbols of status are permeable or dysfunctional. Speed (2016) shows a rider on he prairie- or is it a German lake welling up under the blue and red sky? A watchful herding dog looks up at the hero, who could be a settler, a Don Quixote or a fugitive. Except that this horse has seemingly unstable wooden posts in the place of legs. 'Speed' of a certain kind may thus be out of the question, but instead we are offered a fast-paced ride though the imagery of art history and pop culture from Emil Nolde to Lassie – and the fragile legs of the horse would seem to serve as an easel. In this manner, all of Otto's subjects and themes are always investigations into painting itself. What is feasible? What is representable? And what are the appropriate techniques? In her new works Otto has emancipated herself from the painter who paints women with a seemingly light hand. In her recent paintings she practices a different form of painting in which she relates figuration and abstraction to one another and makes use of templates. The attention she pays to the heroes is tantamount to a form of liberation, an opening for all of painting's inherent opportunities, things always worthy of reexamination.

Mark Gisbourne in Justine Otto's 'Heroes and Hoaxes' at Hatje Cantz

The sense of the mental search for and a “gathering” of ideas is emblematic of Justine Otto’s creative synthesis as seen in the figurative-to-abstract aspects of her latest paintings. In seeking the material resolution of an imagined inner picture, there is a processing thesis, a new treatment of surface and material means, as well as the distilled potential and existing inner thoughts about what the immediate idea of a given painting might seek to achieve. Unlike the incised moment of a photographic image, a painting practice always emerges through the interconnected unfolding visual stages of studio-based and accumulative temporal processes.5 The painter’s situational response is that of an initial state of resistance that becomes assimilated and progressively mediated. As any handkunstwerk painter-practitioner knows, no painting is ever easily won, and the pictorial outcome has to be (con)tested and mastered in the continuous processing of its developmental making. This observation is significant when we consider the synthesized subject paintings of someone like Otto. The newly painted works increasingly engage with the pictorial sophistication of translated collage, an aide-mémoire, perhaps, operating in the deconstructed interstices between figuration and abstraction.

 

EXHIBITIONS

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LE VENT NOUS PORTERA 
(soloshow)
 
MUSEUM ABTEI LIESBORN
2021

MIT SCHALL UND RAUCH
(soloshow)
 
NEUE GALERIE GLADBECK
2021-2022


 

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VOIX
MNW BERLIN - LEIPZIG ( groupshow) 
MUSEUM DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE LEIPZIG
2019

 

PUBLICATIONS


RECENT ARTICLES

ZEIT_ KUNST UND AUKTIONEN

ENSUITE_KULTURMAGAZIN; SWITZERLAND

JUSTINE OTTO
HEROES & HOAXES

PUBLISHED BY HATJE CANTZ

Text(e) von Silke Hohmann, Mark Gisbourne

Deutsch, Englisch

2018. 184 Seiten, 111 Abb.

Leinen

24,50 x 29,00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4502-4

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JUSTINE OTTO

HALBPENSION

PUBLISHED BY KERBER VERLAG

Text(e) von Jean - Christophe Ammann ( Autor),

Anna Wesle ( museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Schweiz

Deutsch, Englisch

2013. 80 Seiten, 

 

24,1 x 1,3 x 27,9 cm

ISBN 978-3866788084

JUSTINE OTTO

TODAY IS TOMORROW'S YESTERDAY

PUBLISHED BY  Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen and

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Text(e) von Prof. Peter Angermann, Hans -Peter Miksch/Leiter der kunst galerie fürth und Nicole Nix- Hauck (Leiterin der Städtischen Galerie Neunkirchen)

2014, 48 Seiten, 

 

24,1 x 1,3 x 27,9 cm

ISBN 978-3-941715-11-0

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JUSTINE OTTO

HELTER SKELTER

PUBLISHED BY KERBER VERLAG

Publikation anläßlich der Verleihung des Kunstpreises 2010/2011 des Lüneburgischen Landschaftsverbandes

Text(e) von Jean - Christophe Ammann und Verena Titze

Deutsch, Englisch

2011. 80 Seiten, 

29 x 1,3 x 25,6 cm

ISBN 978-3-86678-587-8

JUSTINE OTTO

ZÄHNE UND KRALLEN

PUBLISHED by Nordlanddruck 

Text(e) von Dr. Susanne Pfleger, und Dr. Isa Bickmann

2009, 48 Seiten, 

 

25,3 x 1,3 x 27,9 cm

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ART  DAS KUNSTMAGAZIN

Nr. 10/ OKTOBER 2005