Loose Threads Dangle in Bright, Bold Gradients in HOTTEA’s Kaleidoscopic Installations



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“John Sweet,” Houston. All photographs © HOTTEA, shared with permission

Suspended from gallery ceilings or strung throughout an open courtyard, innumerable lengths of yarn contain the chromatic installations by way of artist Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA (up to now). He arranges the cushy textiles in concentric circles or extensive gradients that extend from wall to wall, developing colourful fields of colour that shift in composition relying at the viewpoint. Maximum replicate the artist’s recollections or reports, and in recent times, he’s put in site-specific items in towns like Minneapolis, Houston, and Miami.

The tri-colored “Strangers” is HOTTEA’s greatest outside paintings thus far and was once designed for Breve Pageant in Belo Horizonte. Drawing on his encounters within the Brazilian town, the huge, uplifting paintings measures 100 ft lengthy and 30 ft extensive, with the person yarns extending 13 ft. “The phrase ‘stranger’ steadily occasions has a damaging connotation,” he stocks on Instagram. “I favored the speculation of regarding a stranger as a good factor.”

Recently, HOTTEA is operating on a number of installations for places in Los Angeles, New York Town, and A long way Rockaway, New York. He’s additionally organizing a flash type display and collaborative venture to create transient items during his group within the Dual Towns.


“Algebra,” SCOPE, Miami

“John Sweet,” Houston

Element of “Haus,” Minneapolis

“Haus,” Minneapolis

“Strangers,” Belo Horizonte, Brazil

“Serape,” Minneapolis

Element of “Serape,” Minneapolis

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