Sunday, October 12, 2014

...INTERRUPTION: Hans Kotter Light Sculptures

reporter/photographer: Miguel Dominguez

On September 11, De Buck Gallery arranged an exhibition entitled ...Interruption, by Hans Kotter, light sculptor.

Centered around the dramatic installation, Big Bang...Interruption, Kotter's first solo exhibition with De Buck Gallery since the 2011 Light Sensitive, shows a marked evolution in the artist's work, especially in his increased utilization of three-dimensionality. Arrows of light shoot from illuminated surfaces, complimenting the illusions created by reflections of light throughout the artwork.

In these works, Kotter builds upon his ongoing interest in the transformative power of light, emphasized by his trademark use of color-changing LED technology. The works presented in this exhibition highlight the different directions that Kotter has worked in over recent years: in tunnels of light, illusory shapes that seem to float in space, and the aforementioned use of light arrows. The latter especially possesses a dynamic, explosive quality that fully qualifies the contention in Kotter's artwork that light alone can truly transform and completely inhabit, the environment.

Hans Kotter was born in Muhldorf am Inn, Germany in 1966. He has been recognized globally for his work in the field of light art, and was recently nominated for the 2015 International Light Art Award, issued by the Centre for International Light Art. His work has been included in recent exhibitions such as those at the Osthaus Museum (Hagen, Germany), Kunstmuseum Celle (Celle, Germany), and the Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch, Germany), and is represented globally in permanent collections including the Targetti Light Collection (Florence, Italy), the Borusan Art Collection (Istanbul, Turkey), and the Kinectica Museum (London, United Kingdom). Kotter currently lives and works in Berlin.

Gallery owner David De Buck about to taste the excellent wine being served

Hans and David flank one of Hans' more colorful pieces

De Buck's Jennifer Wolf with Hans

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