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Woody De Othello

Woody De Othello (b. 1991) is a Miami-born, California-based artist whose subject matter spans household objects, bodily features, and  the natural world. Everyday artifacts of the domestic tables, chairs,  television remotes, telephone receivers, lamps, air purifiers, et cet era—are anthropomorphized in glazed ceramic, bronze, wood, and  glass. Othello’s sense of humor manifests across his work in visual  puns and cartoonish figuration. “I choose objects that are already  very human,” says Othello. “The objects mimic actions that humans perform; they’re extensions of our own actions. We use phones to  speak and to listen, clocks to tell time, vessels to hold things, and  our bodies are indicators of all of those.” Othello’s scaled-up  representations of these objects often slump over, overcome with  gravity, as if exhausted by their own use. This sophisticated gravitational effect is a central formal challenge in his work. Informed by his own Haitian ancestry, Othello takes interest in the supernatural  objects of Vodou folklore, nkisi figures, and other animist artifacts  that inspire him. 

In 2019- 2020, Othello was the subject of a solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, California. His work is represented in the collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, British Columbia; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Othello’s work is currently on display in the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

Single work, Woody De Othello

Born 1991, Miami
Lives and works in Oakland, California

EDUCATION

2017

MFA, California College of Arts, San Francisco

2013

BFA, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021-22

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Hope Omens

2021

Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Looking In

2020

Lulu, Mexico City
Nina Johnson, Miami, Woody De Othello: Coming to Light
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, The Box

2019

Karma, New York, To live in hope.
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, Breathing Room

2018

Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Living Room

2016

Quality, Oakland, California, Lights Out Night Out
Old New England, Berkeley, California, Real Life Still Life
UFO Gallery, Berkeley, California, Patty’s Mashed Potatoes

2015

Unit 1, Lake Worth, Florida, It’s Going To Be Okay

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

Pence Gallery, Davis, On the Edge: CCA Clay

2021

San José Museum of Art, San José, Our whole, unruly selves

Reynold Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, Day Tripping
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis

2020-21

Center for Craft, Asheville, North Carolina, Sleight of Hand

2020

Nassima-Landau Project, Tel Aviv, High Voltage

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, California, Justice
Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles
NCECA Conference, Richmond, Virginia, The Burdens of History
Karma, New York, (Nothing but) Flowers
Fisher Parrish, New York, The Essential Goods Show
Nina Johnson, Miami, Coming to Light

2019

Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, Roommates
33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San José State University, California, Planned Obsolescence
Friedman Benda, New York, Blow Up, curated by Felix Burrichter

2018

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Bay Area Now 8
Jessica Silverman Gallery at 288 Pacific, San Francisco, Horizon Lines
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Kinship
Front International Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Karma, New York, Kinder Gentler Nation
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, From the Ground Up

2017

Sonoma State University Art Gallery, California, Working TWO Scale: New Bay Area Ceramic Sculpture
Johansson Projects, Oakland, California, Matt Kleberg and Woody De Othello
Gallery T293, Rome, Homo Mundus Minor
Perry Family Event Center, San Francisco, 30th Annual Barclay Simpson Master of Fine Arts Award Exhibition
Alter Space at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, To Speak of Trees

2016

Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, All College Honors
College Avenue Gallery, Oakland, California, Rocks and Socks
The Rideau Curling Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Ottawa Makers Market
7264 North Miami Court, Miami, Clay Bodies

2015

5&J Gallery, Lubbock, Texas, Grayscale
Fat Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Possessed
Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, Resident Exit Show

2014

Unit 1, Lake Worth, Florida, The Contenders
Fat Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Monstrous Strange
Fat Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Acid Reflux
Unit 1, Lake Worth, Florida, The Strange Ones
Palm Beach Cultural Council, Lake Worth, Florida, Southern Exposure: New Work Now
White Space Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida, Outside The Box 2
Artserve, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fluidity
Nathan H. Wilson Center, Jacksonville, Florida, All Florida Ceramics Invitational

2013

World and Eye Arts Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Small Wonders
Ritter Art Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, Apex: Fall 2013 BFA Exhibition
Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, Inferno
Northern Trust Bank, Boca Raton, Florida, College of Arts & Letters Dean’s Reception
Artserve, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Red Eye Art
Arts Council of Martin County, Stuart, Florida, Lounge Series
Arts Council of Martin County, Stuart, Florida, Arts After Darks

2012

Atlantic Center of The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 23rd Annual University Juried Student Exhibition
Thirty Three Seconds, Legal Art, Miami, Four Minutes

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, British Columbia

MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2018

SFO International Terminal Boarding Area G Outdoor Terrace Commission

2017

Toby Devan Lewis Award

2016

Barclay Simpson Award, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
CCA Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2015

CCA All College Honors, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
CCA Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2013

Claire V. Dorst Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Runner-up of Fine Art in Creative Quarterly
John McCoy Scholarship, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Rothenberger Endowed Scholarship for Humanities, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

2012

Marvin and Eileen Reingold Contemporary Ceramics Collection

2011

Rothenberger Endowed Scholarship for Humanities: Printmaking, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

RESIDENCIES

2020

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

2018

Liquitex Research Residency, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco

2016

Old New England, Berkeley, California

2015

Pentaculum Resident, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Sculpture Artist in Residence, Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

Publications

2018

Woody De Othello, Where I Live Inside
Karma, New York
36 pages, staple bound
11 × 8 1/2 inches

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