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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Zie Otto
Digitally Represented Artist
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Americanoh - Old Glory Black Earth   Americanoh - Old Glory Black Earth
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    28" x 19"
    Zie Otto

  • Americanoh - Old Glory White Earth   Americanoh - Old Glory White Earth
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    28" x 19"
    Zie Otto

  • Americanoh-New Glory Black Bora Air   Americanoh-New Glory Black Bora Air
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    20" x 19"
    Zie Otto

  • Americanoh-New Glory Blue Sung Water   Americanoh-New Glory Blue Sung Water
    Photo Montage on Textured Fine Art Paper
    22" x 15"
    Zie Otto

  • Americanoh-New Glory White Tina Fire   Americanoh-New Glory White Tina Fire
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    20" x 16"
    Zie Otto

  • Americanoh-New Glory Blue Victoria Water   Americanoh-New Glory Blue Victoria Water
    Photograph on Fine Art Paper
    22" x 15"
    Zie Otto


Zie Otto

Placing portraiture on a plane equal to the iconic universality of portraiture and fashion photography, the works of NYC-based Zie Otto are at once nakedly direct and difficult to see. His pictures tend to foreground aspects of his subjects, so as to give their whole figure a decided air of ambiguity. Oftentimes, like a movie director, he allows his subjects to hide behind a mask of emotional expressivity: a look concealing the subjectivity of the person who actually gives it.

In Americanoh-New Glory White Isaiah Earth the gender of the figure photographed is ambiguously situated behind a scrim of painterly white lines, as though the picture had been captured just moments after paint was spilled by casually raising a hand. What these confetti-like splinters of white suggest, however, is an aura of mock-celebration, as though the subject photographed was unambiguously tethered to a particular gender. On the other hand, these same blotches of paint are merely a scrim, and are not dense enough to conceal the chest of the person photographed, who is androgynously neither male nor female, but someone embodying the characteristics of both.