In this eye-popping untitled composition of hand-painted vertical stripes, contemporary artist Anna Bogatin Ott evokes the tradition of hard-edge abstraction and 1960s minimalism in a contemporary context. The mesmerising repetition of lines evokes a sensation of the infinite. Using a ruler to sketch horizontal guidelines on the canvas, Ott freehands each vertical mark with a sensuous obsessive attention to detail. The slight imperfections can only be viewed up-close, and reveal the artist’s hand. A confident and mature artist, Ott is unafraid to push her paintings to the limits of representation.
|Provenance||Private Collection, USA; Private Collection, Victoria, Canada.|
Contemporary artist Anna Bogatin Ott’s minimalist paintings are known for her obsessive and sensuous repetition of line and shade. Her hard-edge paintings reflect a contemporary approach to the style that became widespread in the 1960s and is characterised by areas of flat colour with sharp, clear (or ‘hard’) edges. The style was created in response to the painterly or gestural forms of Abstract Expressionism, and refers back to the work of Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers. Ott’s approach to this style can be characterised as post-painterly abstraction and creates a meditative experience through which to explore conceptions of the infinite through colour and line.
Ott’s practice is based in late-modernist abstraction that sought to reflect balance in nature. Deeply influenced by existential minimalists such as Donald Judd and Tony Smith, her practice also continues the legacy of female minimalists Agnes Martin and Edda Renouf. Pushing this aesthetic practice into contemporary practice, Ott’s paintings belie a slightly imperfect paint application that produces an effect of woven fabric comprised of unexpected and bold colour combinations.
Bogatin Ott was born in the former Soviet Union, Ukraine in 1970. She lived in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Poland prior to coming to the U.S (1992).In 2002, Ott received a BFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her MFA in Painting in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Solo exhibitions include the Larry Beck Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Art on Paper Fair in New York City, the Russian Artists Union in Chelyabinsk, Ann 330 Gallery, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the Diego Rivera Gallery, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Bott’s work is included in important collections, including the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Temple University, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art in Colorado, General Mills Art Collection in Minneapolis, the Jones Day Law Firm in Dallas, Texas, the University of Illinois in Champaign, UT Southwestern Medical System, Dallas, TX, and numerous private collections.
Anna Bogatin Ott currently lives and works in the United States.