CALL Program Artist Otto Neals

CALL Program Artist

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Otto Neals

Can you share what has changed for you as a result of being a part of the CALL program?
The program has made me more aware of the importance of documentation.

Can you give us a sense of what needed to be accomplished when you started working with the CALL program?
There was a great need to locate and organize my works.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of this work?
Rediscovering works that I have long forgotten about was indeed a pleasure.

What has been most difficult?
Developing a routine so that I can continue the important work of documentation.

What do you recommend to artists who might be in the early stages of creating an inventorying system?
I would recommend that young artists develop the habit of recording everything that relates to their art.


On October 15, 2016, CALL artist Otto Neals sat down at his home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with VoCA Program Committee Member Jonathan Allen to discuss his life and prolific career as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker in New York City. This discussion was part of the second season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with VoCA. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.


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