Flirting with formula, Jennie Ottinger's ghost-portraits partake in a constantly shifting calculus with her variables themselves constantly in flux. Her subjects emerge from a medley of textual snippets, snatched from an intimate context and plunked into a hazy soup of possibilities. Repetition of similar templates accents the most slippery of nuances, erasing a notion of a faithful source in favor of a horizontal army of curious copycats. Caught between jejune scapegoats and grisly crooksters, Ottinger's band of outsiders skirts regularity and resolution, lingering in existential limbo.
Jennie Ottinger was raised in Massachusetts and currently lives in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Ottinger earned her BFA from California College of the Arts and her MFA from Mills College. She recently had a solo exhibition at Volta NY Art Fair and has had work at the NADA Art Fair in Miami, Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, Adobe Books and Johansson Projects in California, as well as galleries in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. She was awarded a residency at the Kala Art Institute as well as two Graduate Research Grants from Mills College and the Sara Lewis Scholarship Award. Ottinger's reviews appeared in Art in America, San Francisco Chronicle, ArtSlant, Daily Serving and 7x7 Magazine.
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