The London Open 2015 Q&A with artist Lothar Götz

The London Open Whitechapel’s triennale exhibition has just opened. 48 of the most dynamic and exciting artists have been chosen from an entry of over 2100 and FAD will be chatting to a selection of the artists over the coming weeks up next we have Lothar Götz.

1. Have you always felt yourself an artist?
Yes, pretty much from my childhood onwards.

2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
The work deals with ideas about space, colour, perception and the abstract. An important part of my practice are site specific wall paintings which are always specifically design for a place, respond to the architecture and social quality of the space and are most often of temporary nature.

3. How do you start the process of making work?
Basically spending time in the space and observing it, not just the formal aspects of the architecture but as well how the space works and what is going on in it.

4. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
As the work interacts with the space it always interacts with the viewer as well. In occupying whole walls , sections of rooms or sometimes even the entire wall space of a room they interact with the viewer in a sort of physical way, the works are different depending from the position they are looked at and therefore depend on and change according to the viewers perception.

5. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work.
The Movement of the Bauhaus in general, Blinky Palermo and Ellsworth Kelly.

6. What defines something as a work of art?
Being a personal response to our surroundings and the world.

7. How was it finding out you had been chosen as part of The London Open?
Great of course, I was particularly excited about the opportunity to develop and execute a wall painting for a building / institution as the Whitechapel with it’s exciting history. That feels really special.

8. How have you found working with the Whitechapel Gallery on the exhibition?
Oh it was great and I enjoyed it very much.

9. What plans do you have to continue to pursue your art career in 2015?
There are several project in the planning, a project at the Collection Museum Lincoln beginning of 2016 and a site specific Commission for Leeds City Art Gallery in 2017, otherwise working in my studio on drawings and paintings.

10. Final Question – if you had £49,000 to buy art who would you invest it in?
Not exactly sure, maybe some drawings by Finsterlin or a sculpture by Eva Rothschild.

Get more details on The London Open: HERE

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