McKay Otto Exhibit Presented by Atelier Newport featured in the Newport Buzz

August 15, 2022


Atelier Newport presents “Perpetual Light” exhibit August 27 – October 5, 2022 with gallery artists McKay Otto and Richard Nocera. In addition, there will be a reception to meet the artists on Saturday, August 27th from 2:00 – 4:00 (artists’ talk at 3pm).

In this exhibition, light and how it reveals itself in our lives is at the forefront of these artists’ minds. Their passion for understanding what it means to reach for this light, in a figurative and literal sense, is what links these two artists together for this captivating exhibition.

McKay Otto is a Texas-based artist whose work continues to transcend time and space, reaching into the depths of what we all hope will grace our existences: light. Light hovers and bounces around the soft shadows that live among veils of delicately tenuous shades of color. The sculptures reveal themselves differently in the daytime versus in the nighttime, retaining their glow and adding another intriguing layer to the work.

The work in this collection contains a veiled unreachable quality in how the viewer is constantly asked to peek inside each sculpture, looking for answers, looking for truth. Layers of light and color recede and extend against all conventional ideas of pictorial space. The distinction between what is real and what is unreal is blurred and what we are left with is an unanswered question: do we ever reach the unreachable, ever?

Reveling in the beauty of the possibilities of the artistic expression, Otto says, “The work is obsessed with the expression of color, light, and the way we perceive these things.”

“Perpetual Light”
August 27 – October 5, 2022
Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 27th from 2-4
Atelier Newport
200 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
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