The New Social Environment#705

Angel Otero: Swimming Where Time Was

Featuring Otero and Andrew Woolbright, with Chia-Lun Chang


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Angel Otero joins Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Chia-Lun Chang.

In this talk

Visit Angel Otero: Swimming Where Time Was, on view at Hauser & Wirth through December 23, 2022 →

Angel Otero

Photo of Angel Otero
Born in 1981 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Angel Otero received his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Otero’s practice is known for employing highly innovative techniques that challenge the parameters of his materials, revealing the intrinsic qualities of paint. His works are rooted in abstract image making and engage with ideas of memory through addressing art history, as well as his own lived experience. Otero is well known for the Oil Skin works he began in 2010, an ongoing series that demonstrates the transformative nature of the artist’s practice and his dedication to expanding the visual field of abstract expressionism. Otero’s work is in numerous collections, including the Berezdivin Collection, Puerto Rico and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Woolbright
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and curated shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Chia-Lun Chang reading.

Chia-Lun Chang

A photo of Chia-Lun Chang
Chia-Lun Chang is the author of Prescribee (2022), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, An Alien Well-Tamed and One Day We Become Whites. She has received support from Jerome Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Tofte Lake Center, Poets House, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. Chia-Lun teaches contemporary Taiwanese poetry and fiction at the Brooklyn Public Library. Born and raised in New Taipei City, Taiwan, she lives in Brooklyn.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.