15, 2010 Hello Houston Events: McKay Otto
McKay Otto at Wade Wilson Art, located at 4411 Montrose, opens with an artist reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, February 19. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, March 27, 2010.
The paintings of Texas artist McKay Otto, in his own words, “…Pierce the veil of materiality into the mystery of other worlds ...Going into dimensions beyond... Feeling - Calm...Insight - Surprise – These are the emotions that travel through the membrane canvas of the mind.” His 'Trans dimensional' paintings are a form of 'light art' - specifically, acrylic paintings that use a special translucent nylon to collect and amplify ambient light, entirely by natural means - creating two, three, and beyond dimensional space. As ambient light changes with the time of day and the surrounding environment, these paintings modulate and reflect light from within the constraints of their composition, while the reflected light forms and reforms as the viewer's perspective and location shifts in relation to the painting. According to McKay, "There are 32 steps to the process, and if I get one wrong, the whole painting is ruined." Otto’s paintings serve as merely portals or doors which enable us to enter into communication with the impersonal state of being. Otto paints the impersonal from many lights, in order that it may become more familiar, thus enabling a clearer vision of what he determines as “the true reality of things.” He states: “The only true art is that which allows us to see clearly the sublime in the expression while simultaneously…picturing the other world – that which lies hidden therein.”