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Kiss Kill

Kiss Kill

SLOW_001.mov from Lauren Otis on Vimeo.   KISS KILL (SLOW 001) Kiss Kill reflects the latent kindness, and malevolence, which lurks within all of us; that technologies evolve but human nature doesn’t; and that practice does not make perfect. A SLOW ART production, Kiss Kill is a collaboration with artist Andrew Wilkinson. Kiss Kill had its debut at...
Strong Brown God

Strong Brown God

I live by the Delaware River and kayak it regularly. It is truly a “strong brown god” as T.S. Eliot put it in his poem The Dry Salvages, from The Four Quartets. Choked with detritus, lined with concrete, spanned by bridges, ignored, the river is still a palpable and powerful presence, presenting a ghostly, ever-changing...
Woven Heads

Woven Heads

Embarking on a new job in 2006, I came across a cache of old corporate head shots. These photographic prints were a pre-digital relic and, outdated in multiple ways, seemed destined for the dust bin. After throwing out several manila envelopes full, however, something made me stop, and bring them home. Soon thereafter, I visited...
Delaware River

Delaware River

Black and white river views, taken on film, circa 2007.
Vintage wine

Vintage wine

  Opening and drinking a wine with lengthy bottle age is an adventure, full of expectation, emotional and analytic reaction, connection and closure. In opening and drinking such a wine, you are completing a pact with the winemaker who fashioned it so many years before. You are opening up a window to a landscape, and...
Clangor

Clangor

Listen to: ClangAllNight by Alchemical Projects Clang All Night Sound sculpture I created in the spring of 2010 and displayed at Art All Night in Trenton, June 19 & 20, 2010.
Wine, beer, brandy, art?

Wine, beer, brandy, art?

The art of wine, the winemaker as artist … much time and energy has been expended parsing the question of whether the process of fermenting grape juice, and the libation which results in your glass, rises to the level of art. As I used to say in the tasting room of a winery I worked...
Sound is sculptural

Sound is sculptural

Substance out of nothing

Substance out of nothing

Art is an alchemical process. It is the building of an idea in the mind, the extension of that idea out into the world through the intellect, harnessing the senses, the realization of that idea in a communicative form. The creation of substance out of seemingly nothing, that is alchemy…and art. This is the story...
Life of Intrigue - Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue – Princeton Packet

Life of Intrigue A Princetonian winds up in Thailand — and disappears! Published in TimeOff magazine, September 4, 2009 By Lauren Otis AS a distinctive and venerable institution Princeton University has bred its share of larger- than- life personalities but few have the magnetic and glittering aura of James H.W. Thompson, Class of 1928. Architect,...

Sippin’ Sangria – Princeton Packet

The basic combination of simple tart wine and sliced fruit is a timeless thirst-quencher   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, June 2009 Few things conjure the languid pleasures of summer better that an image of two people sitting on a sun-dappled café patio, taking in the passing scene while sharing an ice-cold pitcher...