Angel Otero’s silkscreen print Fish Rain is based on a woodcut he originally created a decade ago. With this work, Otero references Puerto Rican carteles (posters) from the 1940s to the late 1980s. Produced by artists enlisted by the government agency DivEdCo (Division de Educacion de la Comunidad), these posters were part of a broader effort to stimulate artistic production on the island and spread messages related to education, public safety, movies, sporting events, and art exhibitions. Otero recently revisited the original woodcut print and found that it closely connected with subjects addressed in his newest body of work. Fish Rain also connects to Otero’s enjoyment of fishing, a pastime he takes part in when in Puerto Rico, his birthplace.
Rendered in a vivid, yellow hue, Fish Rain depicts fish floating amidst a domestic interior. As seen in his Lehmann Maupin exhibition The Fortune of Having Been There, Otero features furniture—from beds, to bathtubs, to chairs—in his work as motifs imbued with memory and personal meaning. These domestic objects connect to the artist’s childhood memories, particularly of his grandmother’s home in Puerto Rico, and to art historical influences, such as Pierre Bonnard’s interiors, Joan Mitchell’s vibrant palette, and Georges Braque’s use of fragmented and fractured space.
Fish Rain was printed at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. This work is unframed and will be shipped flat.