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Dark Matter: Joel Otterson

August 5, 2018 — January 20, 2019
 

Dark Matter: Joel Otterson installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2018.

Dark Matter: Joel Otterson installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2018.

 Dark Matter: Joel Otterson installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2018.

Dark Matter: Joel Otterson installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2018.

Joel Otterson, The Naked Reader, 2018; metal and 24k gold leaf; 50 x 32 1/2 x 8 in.

left to right: Joel Otterson, Voluptuous Desire, 2018; metal and 24k gold leaf; 73 x 43 x 36 in; Flies on the Wall, 2016; fabric, glass, and mixed media; 120 x 24 x 5 in.

Dark Matter: Joel Otterson installation view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2018.

Joel Otterson, Four In Hand, 2018; cast brass, leather, black tourmaline, coral, and 24k gold leaf; 41 x 41 x29 in. Photo: Carlos Marques da Cruz.

 

 For the past 30 years, Joel Otterson has made sculpture that combines aspects of domestic handicraft with traditional sculptural materials. His practice is aligned with feminist thinking, queer aesthetics, and American traditions. Striving for beauty and wonderment, Dark Matter will feature new sculptural work produced in 2018 at the Kohler Co. factory in the Foundry as part of the Arts/Industry residency program. Additionally, sculptures made from exotic hardwoods, Persian carpets, and luxurious upholstery fabrics will be shown within a space defined by large, translucent, textile tapestries sewn by Otterson in his Los Angeles studio. 

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.