"I find it particularly exciting to explore the border between figuration and abstraction. My most recent works include figurative elements in addition to completely abstract passages. I like the contrast between complete detachment, where painting is completely free, unrestricted by the limitation of a (signifying) form – and figuration, in which ratio is predominant. I try to achieve this by varying the density of different techniques. Over the years I have developed a wide range of techniques from which I can now draw: there is spraying, wet-on-wet painting, taping, scraping, leveling out, dissolving all, stamping, working with various tools. I like it when dissimilar techniques come together and the entire object merges into a resonant image. There are no taboos. Being courageous and challenging oneself is part of what painting is for me. [...]" Justine Otto, 2019.

Justine Otto was born in 1974 in Zabrze, Polen and studied between 1996 and 2003 Fine Arts / Painting at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Her monumental, highly artistic works have been exhibited worldwide including at the Museum Abtei Liesborn in Wadersloh, Germany; polarraum Hamburg, Germany; Goethe Institut, Washington D.C.; Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf, Switzerland; Museum for Modern Art, St. Petersburg, Russia and at Christine König Galerie in Vienna, Austria.

 

artist statement

"I find it particularly exciting to explore the border between figuration and abstraction. My most recent works include figurative elements in addition to completely abstract passages. I like the contrast between complete detachment, where painting is completely free, unrestricted by the limitation of a (signifying) form – and figuration, in which ratio is predominant. I try to achieve this by varying the density of different techniques. Over the years I have developed a wide range of techniques from which I can now draw: there is spraying, wet-on-wet painting, taping, scraping, leveling out, dissolving all, stamping, working with various tools. I like it when dissimilar techniques come together and the entire object merges into a resonant image. There are no taboos. Being courageous and challenging oneself is part of what painting is for me.

My ”Heroes” series, which was inspired by old black-and-white photos of public officials and generals, is about breaking up and deconstructing these traditional ’archetypes’, literally, in painting.

Over and over I experiment with a variety of different image carriers and materials. I have to arouse my curiosity again and again, this being very important to me for my painting process. Learning processes, as hard as they sometimes may be, are part of the venture for me. Often, the best paintings emerge from allegedly failed episodes, paths are then revealed, which might otherwise have remained closed ....

I also spend a lot of time in the studio simply gazing thoughtfully. Especially in regards to the larger formats, I always need to look at the respective image for a long time from a certain distance. This observing is then replaced by a process of adding and in turn removing detail, if something seems too decorative to me.

Painting is life for me, I love painting. But there are also times I hate, e.g. when specific problems concerning a painting do not let me sleep and no solution is in sight. I also love everything that has to do with painting, I have a penchant for artist catalogs, meanwhile I love to design catalogs myself, to arrange and curate exhibitions and to select the images in advance."

 

selected solo shows:

  • 2021 “Le Vent Nous Portera” Museum Abtei Liesborn. Wadersloh. Germany.
  • 2021 “Gang Bang“ Neue Galerie Gladbeck.
  • 2020 “Dog Days“ Galerie Heimo Bachlechner. Graz. Austria.
  • 2020 “Maniacs in the Garden“ Städtische Galerie Weingarten. Germany.
  • 2020 “Piss up a Rope” Halle 424. Oberhafen Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2019 “The Dreamer” Städtische Galerie Bad Soden. Germany.
  • 2019 “Peyote and Rebel” Städtische Galerie. Markdorf am Bodensee. Germany.
  • 2019 “Trigger” Galerie Tobias Schrade. Ulm. Germany.
  • 2019 “I’m sure your Mama is a very nice lady” Polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2018 “Heroes & Hoaxes” Kunstverein Montez. Frankfurt a. Main. Germany.
  • 2018 “Dreamers” Polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2017 “Les amis de toujours” Frauenmuseum. Wiesbaden. Germany.
  • 2017 “Black paintings” polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2016 “Nonseq.” polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2016 “Hidden persuaders” Westwendischer Kunstverein. Germany.
  • 2015 “Pink Moon“ Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg. Germany.
  • 2015 „Things behind the sun“ Kunstverein Duisburg. Germany.
  • 2015 “Hyder Flares” Goethe Institut. Washington D.C. USA.
  • 2014 “Today is tomorrow’s yesterday” Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen. Germany.
  • 2014 “Today is tomorrow’s yesterday” Städtische Galerie Fürth. Germany.
  • 2014 emerge art fair, Washington D.C. Germany.
  • 2013 “Halbpension“Museum Franz Gertsch. Burgdorf. Switzerland.
  • 2013 „Auszeit“ Städtische Galerie Lemgo (Eichenmüllerhaus). Germany.
  • 2013 art copenhagen. Copenhagen. Denmark.
  • 2012 “Zähne und Krallen“ Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg. Germany.  
  • 2012 “Smelter” Museum Kamp. Kamp-Lintfort. Germany.
  • 2012 “Pinhead” Kunstverein Aurich. Germany.
  • 2012 “Auszeit” polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2011 “Blutsverwandtschaften” Museum Schloss Gifhorn. Germany.
  • 2011 “Helter Skelter” Galerie Barbara von Stechow. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2010 “Zeit für plan B” Galerie Caprice Horn. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2009 “Zeit für plan B“ Galerie Barbara von Stechow. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2008 “Zeit für plan B” Galerie Martin Mertens. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2007 “Überführung” Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2006 “Justine Otto” Kunstverein Niebüll e. V. Germany.
  • 2006 “Hide & Seek” Galerie Barbara von Stechow. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2003 “Geh’ doch heim little girl” 1822-Forum der Frankfurter Sparkasse. Germany.
  • 2002 “Liebeslust/Liebesfrust” Pro Familia. Nürnberg. Germany.

 

 selected group shows:

  • 2021 “Wi(e)der das Böse” Museum Bomann , Celle
  • 2021 (upcoming) “Erarta” Museum für Moderne Kunst, St. Petersburg. Russia.
  • 2020 “CLASH” Polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2020 (upcoming) “Apollo war gestern” Kunsthaus Sootbörn Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2020 “Stilles Leben” Affenfaust Galerie Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2020 (upcoming) ”Exchange” Visual Arts Centre. Scunthorpe. UK.
  • 2020 (upcoming) ”Exchange” Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Homburg. Germany.
  • 2020 Ansbach Contemporary. Germany.
  • 2019 “VOIX“ Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. Germany.
  • 2019 PAINT: THE SEEN, THE UNSEEN AND THE IMAGINED
  • 2019 “Contemporary European Painting” Messums. Wiltshire. UK.
  • 2019 “German Way of Life II.” Haus am Dom. Frankfurt. Germany.
  • 2019 “Von mir mal ganz abgesehen...“ Galerie Schimming. Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2019 “Blaue Stunde” Galerie Schmalfuß. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2019 “Under the Underground” Galerie Franzkowiak. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2019 “30”Galerie Lachenmann. Frankfurt. Germany.
  • 2019 “Crystals Plus” polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2019 “Crystal Clear” Parallel Vienna. Austria.
  • 2019 “Lecker Malerei” Atelierhof Kreuzberg. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2019 “KOPF AN KOPF“ Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg. Germany.
  • 2019 “WATER EVENT” Water sculpture by Yoko Ono and Justine Otto. Museum der bildenden Künste. Leipzig. Germany.
  • 2019 “Alptraum” curated by Marcus Sendlinger. La Estacion arte Contemporaneo. Mexico. Germany. 
  • 2019 “Alptraum” Wandering exhibition. Tempe. Arizona. USA.
  • 2019 Solo Presentation at Manchester art fair with polarraum Hamburg. UK.
  • 2019 “Postcard Reloaded” Kunstraum Potsdam. Germany.
  • 2018 “Painting XXL” Ausstellungshalle 1A. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2018 “Painting XXL” Galerie Leuenroth. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2018 “Zeitgenossen” Kunstverein Münsterland. Germany.
  • 2018 “Positions3” Galerie Obrist. Essen. Germany.
  • 2018 “EROS UND THANATOS” Museum Abtei Liesborn. Germany.
  • 2018 “ALL:MIX” Galerie ff15. Leipzig. Germany.
  • 2018 ”IGNITION,  MNW” Galerie Turps. London. UK.
  • 2018 “The Century Bar (1920 -2020)” Projektraum Ventilator. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2018 “AIM Project Statement” Parallel Vienna. Vienna. Germany.
  • 2018 “Ich glaube du mußt mal wieder zum Frisör….”Hibertraum Berlin. . Germany.
  • 2017 “Farbauftrag” HAL Berlin. Germany.
  • 2017 “Wunderwelten” Lachenmann Galerie. Konstanz. Germany.
  • 2017 “under influence” Galerie Dukan. Leipzig. Germany.
  • 2017 “Das rätselhafte Verschwinden des Malers Alfred Partikel“ Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop. Germany.
  • 2017 “Entfesselt, Malerinnen der Gegenwart” Schloss Achberg. Germany.
  • 2017 “XX painting” Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg. Germany.
  • 2017 “Nordart” Carlshütte. Germany.
  • 2017 “OHO!” Galerie Supper. Baden-Baden. Germany.
  • 2017 “Collaboration” Moorus Galleri. Tartu. Estland.
  • 2017 “Highlights” Stiftung Starke. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2017 “Collaboration“ Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg. Germany.
  • 2017 “Best of 01 ‘bild +Bildnis‘”. Kunstverein Duisburg. Germany.
  • 2016 „Bittersüsse Zeiten“ SØR Collection. Edwin Scharff Museum. Neu-Ulm. Germany.
  • 2016 “rien ne va plus” Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg. Germany.
  • 2016 “THE BERLIN CASE” Presidential B. Yeltsin Center. Ekaterinenburg. Russia.
  • 2016 “Heimat“ Künstlerverein Walkmühle. Wiesbaden. Germany.
  • 2016 “PROZAC” Palais für aktuelle Kunst. Glückstadt. Germany.
  • 2016 “SPEED“ Teilchenbeschleunigerhalle des Helmholtz-Instituts Berlin. Germany.
  • 2016 “Tiere sehen dich an” Zionskirche Berlin. Germany.
  • 2016 “Blühendes Leben“ SØR Sammlung. Zumbusch-Museum des Heimatvereines Herzebrock e.V. Germany.
  • 2016 “SIC!” Christine König Galerie. Wien. Austria.
  • 2016 “Die Bilder der anderen“ Kommunale Galerie Berlin. Germany.
  • 2016 “Quantum levitation” polarraum Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2016 “Bittersüsse Zeiten” SØR Collection. Städtische Galerie Regensburg. Germany.
  • 2015 “Kunst im Bau“ Berlin Dahlem, u.a mit Erwin Wurm, Thaddäus Hüppi,
  • 2015 “aLLup” Bar Babette. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2015 “don’t look back” Galerie Brennecke. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2015 “public private partnership” Lust gallery. Wien. Austria.
  • 2015 “Gute Kunst? Wollen!” Collection SØR Rusche. Nürnberg. Germany.
  • 2014 “Die halluzinierte Welt” Haus am Lützowplatz. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2014 “Neue Figuration-Subjekt/ Identität/ Gesellschaft“ Galerie Robert Dress. Hannover. Germany.
  • 2014 “Additionen der Gegenwart” Kunstmuseum Bochum. Germany.
  • 2014 “Wahrheiten” Bayer Kulturhaus. Leverkusen. Germany.
  • 2014 “Wahrheiten” Museumsverein Stade e.V. Stade. Germany.
  • 2013 “no dogs, no bicycles no swimming” Oberfinanzdirektion Frankfurt. Germany.
  • 2013 "Bettina von Arnim und zurück" Projektraum Basis. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2012 “Eros & Thanatos” Sammlung Rusche. Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig. Germany.
  • 2012 “utopia” Kunstverein Eisenturm Mainz. Germany.
  • 2012 “so zwischendrin”  Museen der Stadt Dachau. Germany.
  • 2011 Nominiertenausstellung des Kunstpreises des Lüneburgischen Landschaftsverbandes. Schloss Celle. Germany.
  • 2011 “That`s what friends are for…” Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg e. V. Germany.
  • 2011 “ausgeträumt” Kunstverein Markdorf e. V. Stadtgalerie. Germany.
  • 2011 “Kunsthalle macht Schule” Kunsthalle Darmstadt. Germany.
  • 2010 “Frauenzimmer” Galerie Uwe Sacksofsky. Heidelberg. Germany.
  • 2010 “Weibsbilder“ Galerie Z. Stuttgart. Germany.
  • 2010 “Leben Lieben“ Leiden. Kunstverein Celle. Germany.
  • 2010 “Besammelt und geschätzt“ Sammlung Rausch. Polarraum. Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2010 “Powerhaus” Power Galerie Hamburg. Germany.
  • 2010 12. Cairo Biennale. Egypt.
  • 2009 “Liebeslust und Lebenslast – der inszenierte Alltag” Sammlung SØR Rusche. Schloss Corvey. Germany.
  • 2009 „Menschenbilder“ Werke aus der Sammlung SØR Rusche. Museum Abtei Liesborn. Germany.
  • 2009 “In between – die Kunst, erwachsen zu werden” Künstlerverein Walkmühle e. V. Wiesbaden. Germany.
  • 2009 “palmbeach3” Palm Beach. Florida. USA.
  • 2008 “Fluchten” Künstlerverein Walkmühle e. V. Wiesbaden. Germany.
  • 2007 “my generation” Kunsthaus Essen. Germany.
  • 2007 “Ins Licht gerückt” Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg e. V. Germany.
  • 2006 “Zurück zur Figur. Malerei der Gegenwart” Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, München. Germany.
  • 2006 “palmbeach3” Palm Beach. Florida. USA.
  • 2004 “FOUR PAINTERS” Galerie Rekord. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2002 “Lieblingsbilder“ AusstellungsHalle. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
  • 2001 “VASISTAS” Technische Universität. Istanbul. Turkey.
  • 2001 Darmstädter Sezession auf der Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt. Germany. (Endkandidatenausstellung für den Preis der Darmstädter Sezession)