1st December 2015
German artist Lothar Goetz has worked with Foundation Level and Extended Diploma art & design students to produce an exciting new temporary wall mural for the York College Gallery space. Goetz, a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at The University of Sunderland, is famous for his brightly coloured paintings applied directly to the wall and his new piece in The Gallery does not disappoint.
Whilst Goetz’s practice ranges in scale from site-specific wall paintings and room-sized spatial installations to paintings and drawings, there is a clear coherence and dialogue across his body of work through its continual referencing and engagement with ideas about architecture and space and its characteristic use of abstract geometric forms, fields and lines of intense colour, juxtaposed with one another.
His work is informed by real factors of circumstance, site, or the particular inhabitants or histories of a building, space or place, but mixes these factors with further imaginary or fantasy ones. Similarly many of his drawings represent the floor plans of idealized dwellings, sometimes for specific people or historical figures, sometimes for imagined ones. Together they form part of an on-going series exploring spatial ideas for domestic spaces: apartments, houses, bungalows, villas.
Colour in these drawings is used to denote the functions and atmospheres of rooms, or the situations and qualities of the surrounding landscape – whether a schloss set in a meadow or a bungalow overlooking the sea. It also cues off the identity of the person who is thought to live there, in a web of imaginative factors that continually feed into the geometrical arrangement of forms and the colour decisions for each drawing.
Goetz sees colour as both beautiful and a key aspect of life that surrounds us, drawing comparison with another passion of his: gardens and flowers. Whilst he often references the creation of a garden or the making of a piece of architecture in his work, he sees his practice as opposite in process to that of architectural design, which concretizes ideas and designs as built form, connecting it rather to the Classical idea of art as active fantasy - something practiced as part of a personal strategy to escape from reality.
Lothar Goetz is represented by domobaal in London and Petra Rinck Gallery in Düsseldorf. His Concrete Fantasies exhibition in the York College Gallery runs until 7th January 2016.
Other works by Lothar Goetz:
Double-take, Acrylic on wall, dimensions variable, Sunken Gallery, MAC Belfast, 2013, Photo: Jordan Hutchins
Berlin, Flatowallee 16, Acrylic and Emulsion on wall,12 x 3,8 m, Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal, 2013, Photo: GOSDesig