Curator Yoko Ott puts her imprint on the Hedreen Galleryby
December 8, 2009
Yoko Ott embraces—nay, make that
thrives on—a challenge. As the curator of the Hedreen Gallery, which visitors
pass through en route to the theater inside the Lee Center for the Arts, Ott is
tasked with presenting art in an unconventional space.
Located in what is
essentially the theater’s lobby, the gallery is somewhat narrow and long,
opening to a wall of windows that reveal what’s inside to passersby and foot
traffic along 12th Avenue. But Ott, who started as curator in July 2008, has
creatively made the most of the venue.
For her first exhibit earlier this
year, Ott went with a trilogy of installations to showcase not only three
distinctive artistic voices but also the nuances of the gallery. The show,
called “Void Blank Blank Void Sweated Blank Void Sweated Spark” featured works
by New York artist Adam Putnam, Seattle’s Wynne Greenwood and the TM Sisters of
Miami. Each artist was given the task of creating art that incorporated or
elevated the gallery’s unique architectural elements.
artists—both known and relatively unknown—and presenting pieces that provoke
contemplation is nothing new for Ott.
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