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Sabina Ott and her art

UTSA presents painting, installation exhibit by Sabina Ott

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Jan. 19, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History hosts the exhibit, "What's Not Here is Nowhere," by Sabina Ott from Jan. 19 to Feb. 26 in the Arts Building gallery on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Galley hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 2-4 p.m., Sunday.

Ott's work in the UTSA exhibit consists of paintings and sculptures spawned from digital images of maps, photographs of landscapes, flowers and altered text from Gertrude Stein's "The Making of Americans."

"In 2000, I began using digital technology as the source of images in my paintings," said Ott. "I like the apparent democratization of technology -- its ubiquitous accessibility and its versatility. It makes me think of and search for new places and materials to put my images on and in. I like the idea of having a palette of images in virtual space that I can paint or paste or cut or stretch in real or virtual space."

Ott has created paintings since 1985 and sculptural installations since 1994. In her paintings, she mixes and matches techniques by incorporating technology into her work by painting on digitally imaged paintings or manipulated photographs. When she creates an installation, a painting serves as a point of departure and often is part of the work.

She has served in several academic positions including director of graduate programs at the San Francisco Art Institute, and director of graduate studies and associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and is currently the chairperson of the Department of Art and Design at Columbia College in Chicago.

Ott's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries including the POST Gallery and Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., Marsha Mateyka Gallery in Washington, D.C., Center for Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif. and the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, Calif.

For more information, call (210) 458-4391.

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