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Adam Ottavi was born in Iowa in 1980. He currently resides in Alaska.
Let That Fire Catch Me Now is a series of wet-plate collodion photographs of burned forests and wildfire ruins. These plates are being created in collaboration with the poet Kevin Goodan and were first displayed in March 2015 at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. Many photographs from the series will be displayed in August 2017 at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska. The August 2017 exhibition also features the work of Kes Woodward, Sara Tabbert, Annie Duffy and Bill Brody.
An artist's book of Let That Fire Catch Me Now will be published in 2018.
Adam's work was included in Communities, Disaster, & Change a group exhibition curated by the Valdez Museum. The exhibit traveled to venues in Alaska, California and Hawaii in 2015-2016.
In 2012, Adam received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award. The grant supported an artist residency at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska in April 2013 and a traveling exhibition of artwork entitled To Crave What the Light Does Crave. The photographs created during the residency were shown at the Bunnell Street Gallery in May 2013 then traveled to the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage in July 2013. The final exhibition opened at Well Street Art Company in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 6, 2013.
In 2012, Adam's portrait work was featured in a five-person exhibition at the Museum of the North. The exhibition, titled "Art in the Making," was on view from May-December 2012.
Perduto is a portfolio of color photographs made during the summer of 2016 in southern Italy.
"after summer fell apart" is a portfolio of images from an exhibition of multi-media drawings and photographs from 2012.
“What all have felt…” is a portfolio of artworks from 2008-2012. The title is derived from a misquotation of the well-known line by Alexander Pope: “What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed.”
"the way things work" is a portfolio of multi-media drawings. The work was presented at Architecture + Allied Arts in December 2010. The title is appropriated from the poem by Jorie Graham and the book by David Macaulay.
“Devil’s Club” is a selection of color photographs made in Alaska from 2010-2014.