(b. 1984, New York, New York; lives and works in New York, New York)
Path, July 22, 2019, 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist
Reflecting on this photograph months after taking it in the summer of 2019, it seemed to embody my uncertainty of the future ahead coupled with my curiosity to witness it. Today, this image still sits ambiguously between the ominous and inviting; offering my imagination the opportunity to fall into an unfamiliar and strange terrain past its depths. I was motivated to include this photograph not only for the illusionistic effect I hope it has at street level but also for how it plays against the function of the bus shelter as a site of departure for New Yorkers moving across the City.
Oto Gillen is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.