Johnny Otto’s “Water & Spirit”
The new show from Los Angeles-based artist Johnny Otto contains colored pencil drawings, guerrilla art on cardboard, and a series of large paintings on canvas. Each work employs two or three primary colors mixed with white and black, applied copiously and vigorously. The results are mesmerizing. Otto reminds us of a less busy, more focused Basquiat; his work is vaguely aboriginal, tribal, African, androgynous; it seems concerned with matters of higher consciousness. (Groups of two-dimensional eyes are a recurring motif in his work.) Otto’s paintings are singular and profound. They deserve and reward your attention. Through November 3 at Radiant Space in Hollywood.