Untitled 1

by J.Otto Seibold

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Artist Statement

 

This work started because my mother had to move in with me during the California forest fire near her home in 2007. She has had a long recreational relationship to real estate and I noticed after she left, there were all these free real estate magazines around the house. I was going to toss them, but before I could, a friend dropped by and started asking advice about his music career and after finding out that he has never recorded a song, I started to page through the magazine pile that was trash-slated and all the houses looked like mug shots or un-adoptable ten year olds, so I started drawing versions of the homes that were both faithful and distorted. What's in front of me is always a force. I believe in the present moment. I started making these houses for personal reasons and then the image of a floating abandoned house became directly emblematic of what was/is going on in U.S. housing, economics, security and identity-the broader sphere is available in the personal and present.

 

J.Otto Seibold

 

J.Otto Seibold is a self-taught artist from Oakland, California, best known as the author and illustrator of many near-famous children's books and potential classics, among them 1997's Olive the Other Reindeer and, in October 2008, Vunce Upon a Time. During his time away from book illustration, Seibold is a widely exhibited artist, having shown his work in several galleries, including Grass Hut in Portland (2008); Paule Anglim Gallery in San Francisco (2004); and Deitch Projects in New York (2002). Seibold has also exhibited at MASS MoCA (2001), Creative Time's 42nd Street Art Project in New York (1994) and at a solo museum exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2000).