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Brian Otto
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States
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May 15, 1982
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Artist, Producer
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Video
I am...
Brian Otto (of Desoulos Works) is a contemporary artist and writer. He received a B.F.A degree at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), during Spring of 1982.

Video, Audio, Photography, Photo Digital Special Effects, Painting, Art Performances, Sculpture, Displays, Drawing, Hand-Writings, Collage, Mixed-Media Assemblages, Art Gallery Installations, are his various methods of expression.
About my artwork
Ordinary, soulful, peaceful, philosophical, agitated, chaotic, meditative, chant-like, restless, fragmented, improvisational, minimal, and reflective, are adjectives that have described his conceptual and graphically intriguing art.
I began my career as a contemporary artist and writer shortly after visiting, "The Canadian Museum Of Civilization." I studied Inuit and Northwest Coastal Native American art for a couple years before visiting the CMOC, but was mesmerized by the experience of seeing the actual works up close.

I'm a morning jotter of thoughts and have stacked up thousands of short stories, inspired by common day-to-day real and psychological occurrences (i.e. art inspirations, news events, community activities, personal interest research, out-and-about experiences, random things that surface).

Desoulos Works is my business, pen, and brand name.

There is the full gamut of sensibilities in my work, raw to refined, dilapidated to polished. Like America itself. I take it all in through my experienced and developed senses, process it, and then let it flow out. I try to capture unique spit second moments with my camera and study the photos to get ideas for drawings and paintings.

My 3D work consists of hand-carving wood, affecting collected objects using hand tools, constructing complex assemblages, and cutting assemblages into smaller portions to enable the unique aspects of a portion to stand out.

My carved and enamel coated poles usually have some repetitious pattern or stacking of forms. The poles suggest that they are an assemblage of several form, but the sculpture is one piece of wood, similar to the art works of Constantin Brancusi. They are perfect for public and residential gardens, because of their peaceful, soft to the eye, and balanced appearance. Many 3D works are also used as props for photography concepts.

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with my wife and soul-mate Lori and two daughters. Daughters Amarah and Ella have been subject matter for many of my photographs and videos.

Through my contemporary art-making and performing processes: Perfections, imperfections, groundedness, groundlessness, confidence, uncertainty, peace, depictions of violence, greed, loss, hope, and hopelessness are explored. Drawing out truthful aspects of life. Enabling the possibility for the viewer, receiver, and processor to heal, without being lectured to by a distant authority. That's the valuable benefit of personal and intimate fine art. It's helped me over the years.

I have an extensive knowledge of musicians and genres of music. Music of all types has stirred my soul and made my skin tingle. Blues men and women, waltzers, poets, bat-eaters, table dancers, cowboy hats, prison visitors, snake charmers, dynasty entertainers, river storytellers, songbirds, monks, Caribbean colors, desert fools, mountain mentors, drugged sinks, opulent angels, carney hippies, formal crooners, former taxi drivers, vessels of pain, roots of tender history, calls from the wild, penny-less x-stars, and crowd divers.
I could identify them all by name, but the list would be too long. Music always fills my work spaces and stimulates, rejuvenates, and relaxes the energy. 

Through the process of just working, I slowly attempt to figure out the meaning of life and visualize humanity's positive potential. Ideas and questions related to disasters and human violence. Things that happen frequently around the world that strike the sensitive nerve.

And then there are the breaks or diversions that enable an intense thinking and creating person to pace out the marathon of life. Fashion and Lifestyles. Art soothings for not feeling so well hours.
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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