William J. Simmons
Ozbolts new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Ozbolt manipulates art-historical categories and source materials that rework traditional expectations about painting. He alludes to the punk aesthetic that I consider understated subversionirreverence combined with a sophisticated and technically proficient practice.
Youve very likely seen Tom Otternesss trademark figuresa carnivalesque collection of mischievous characterswithout even knowing it. His permanent installation entitled Life Underground (2004), which fills the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway station, often prompts hasty New Yorkers and tourists alike to stop and snap a picture, or watch tenderly as their children attempt to converse with a statue.