In conjunction with her art exhibit, Sabina Ott will be part of a conversation with Michelle Grabner at Riverside Arts Center. The gallery will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with the talk set for 4 p.m.
Ott's solo exhibition titled "Ornament" is on display until Jan. 11. Curated by Anne Harris, the show features Ott’s rococo constructions. RAC calls it the aesthetic of a magpie, as the artist creates a playful, glittering mash-up.
Ott's work has been included in international exhibitions. Embedded in this show are small works she's picked by Chicago artists Phyllis Bramson, Susanne Doremus, Matthew Girson, Michelle Grabner, Dan Gunn, Joe Jeffers, Anna Kunz and Michelle Wasson.
In her catalog essay, artist/curator Anne Harris writes that Ott’s current sculptural assemblages function as “condensed universes” or gravitational “white holes."
Ott is known for her broad range of work – from painting to installation to sculpture – and her central role in the art world as teacher, administrator and, recently, as the founder of the exhibition space Terrain, which invites artists to create installations and performances using the exterior of her Oak Park home.
She earned both her bachelor's and master's degree in fine art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Exhibiting since 1985, Ott has participated in 100 solo and group exhibitions at institutions in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; and many cities across the U.S. Her work is in numerous museum collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of Art, and has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, New Art Examiner, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is professor of art at Columbia College in Chicago.
Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.riversideartscenter.com or call 708-442-6400.