Ibid, the title of a new exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Jennie Ottinger, features dozens of recent oil and gouache paintings and pen drawings. The exhibition, which is currently on view at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA, presents a cast of odd characters who move seamlessly through varying compositions and activities. Contained within rather reductive environments, these characters congregate in a variety of scenes which take place on street corners, in hospitals and on freeways. Each character is on the verge of dissolving into the murky background from which it originally emerged. Ottinger’s work is dictated by a beautiful fragility which suggests a sense of impermanence and melancholy. While all of the work is characteristically figurative, the artist has reduced the information contained in the images, obliterating any sense of a linear narrative. Instead, any connection between the works can be deduced through the body of work as a whole, rather than from connections made within any single work.
Jennie Ottinger received her BFA from California College of Arts and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland. The artist has completed recent exhibitions the Conduit Gallery in Texas, Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, and Red Cake Gallery in San Francisco.