Joel Otterson

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Photograph: Courtesy the Artist and Elizabeth Dee
Joel Otterson, Divine Intervention, 1994
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Currently living and working in Los Angeles, Otterson was a fixture on New York's 1980s art scene, showing at such galleries as Nature Morte in the East Village and Jay Gorney in Soho. His sculpture combined craftsmanship and showmanship in equal measure, resulting in elaborate and fanciful objects and tableaux that involved pipe fitting, woodworking, ceramics, stained glass, quilting and lace making to varying degrees. (Imagine a visit to Pottery Barn while on LSD.) This selection of work dating from the 1980s and ’90s coincides with his inclusion in this year's Whitney Biennial.

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