Tom Otterness is from Wichita, Kansas. He's a sculptor whose works adorn parks in New York – most notably in Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City and in the 14th Street 8th Avenue subway station – as well as other cities around the world. He's recently installed some shit in DUMBO as well.
His style is very cartoonish and cheerful, and the forms of his sculptures often consist of many blobs and pipes, giving them a humorous look. These sculptures depict, among other things, huge pennies, pudgy characters in business suits with moneybag heads, helmeted workers holding giant tools, and crocodiles crawling out from under sewer covers. The main theme of his work seems to be the struggle of the little man against the Capitalist machine in a difficult and strange city.
Yeah well while part of the East Village art scene in the mid-eighties Tom Otterness shot a dog and called it art.
In the infamous "Shot Dog Piece" Otterness adopted a dog and then shot it to death for the fun of recording his infantile, sadistic depravity on film.
Otterness commented that "In 1977, I was a young artist having a very rough time. I had anger at myself and at the world. What I did was symbolic of how I was feeling internally and it is something I would never do today."
What he did was unfuckingforgivable and vile.
Tom Otterness is an atrocity. A coward. A fine example of human garbage.
Please don't hesitate to call Tom and let him know how you feel. I'm sure he'll be glad to hear from you. He can be reached at 718-802-0074.
Or you can write to Tom here and let him know how you feel as well.
Or stop by his studio at #96 4th Street in Brooklyn. His zip code is 11231 in case you want to send him some flowers for being such a brilliant artist.