Lothar Böttcher, Obsession, 2018. R45600-00

Lothar Böttcher, Obsession, 2018. R45600-00

Lothar Böttcher, Obsession, 2018. Medium: Hand carved, cut and polished Schott optical crystal. H:158 W:50. Provenance: The artist.

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  • MORE ON THE ARTIST

    ARTIST STATEMENT Portals X & M and ObsessionThese kinetic sculptures made in 2016 and 2018 respectively. I attempt to convey the filtered (read distorted) window social media offers us. Manipulating my material of choice, glass, through a meticulously arduous process of grinding and polishing portals have been created through which the viewer is enticed to interact. The spectator is offered a glimpse through these lenses of the “world beyond”, a distorted variant of their contiguous space. Within this digitised world we live in - and accentuated even more now due to physical isolation of the imposed lockdowns and social changes the Covid Pandemic has brought - we are glued to our handheld screens more than ever, consuming and adding to the cacophony of digitally enhanced visuals. My sculptures are an attempt to bring some fun and perspective on the beauty that surrounds us here, now.Muse #1Inspired by Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse I wanted to create an object which translates my personal loves. Glass is my muse, the material I love and express myself through. The delicately carved, cut and polished profile of a crystal face rests on the hard surface of ancient quartzite - a metaphor and ode to my love of glass and the place I call home.

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    ARTIST BIO

    Museum Representation

    South Africa

    • Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
    • Ellerman House, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

    Germany

    • Glasmuseum Lette, Ernestine Stifftung, Lette
    • Glasmuseum Frauenau, Frauenau
    • Glasmuseum Hadamar, Hadamar

    USA

    • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y.

    Education, Seminars, Workshops & Experience

    2020

    • Social Media Marketing, online short course, University of Cape Town

    2019

    • Glasveredlermeister, Fachrichtung Schliff, Teil I & II, Glasfachschule Zwiesel, Germany

    2017

    • Ngwenya Glass International Design Workshop, Ngwenya Glass, Eswatini (Swaziland). Directed by Peter Bremers (Netherlands), with Davide Salvatore (Murano, Italy) and other international master blowers.

    2016

    • Glass Art Society Conference, Corning N.Y., USA

    2015

    • Roger Ballen Photography Workshop, 1 Fox St., Johannesburg

    2003

    • Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA, USA

    2003

    • Glass Art Society Conference, Seattle, USA

    2000

    • Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar, Hadamar, Germany - Qualified as Glasveredler, Fachrichtung Schliff (Glass Cutter Journeyman)

    1992 - 1997

    • Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.

    Courses:

      • Sculpture
        • Glass
          • General & Figure Drawing
          • Printmaking
          • Photography

    Awards, Acknowledgements & Publications

    2019

    • Corning Museum of Glass, USA - Pocket Lens, Contemporary Glass Collection
    • Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany - Skull - Lion, Contemporary Glass Collection
    • Glasmuseum Lette, Germany - Dot #1, Contemporary Glass Collection
    • Artsy - Published works with Bellart Galley, Vienna
    • Elected Committee Member of the Association of Arts, Pretoria 2019-2020

    2018

    • New Glass Now, 40th Anniversary of New Glass Review, Publication and exhibition of juried works at the Corning Museum of Glass, USA (May 2019 - January 2020)
    • Arts & Crafts Design Award - Online juried publication
    • Elected Committee Member of the Association of Arts, Pretoria 2018-2019

    2017

    • New Glass Review 38, Schiesheim Session,Annual Juried publication of International Glass Art, Corning Museum of Glass, USA
    • Elected Committee Member of the Association of Arts, Pretoria 2017-2018

    2016

    • Pretoria Art Museum’s new acquisitions and permanent collection with There’s an Animal in here…
    • Glass Art, 112 Contemporary International Artists by Barbara Purchia and E. Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Books
    • Lothar Böttcher, Artist: Selected Work 2016 by Lothar Böttcher and in the collection of the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA
    • Donation of Prismatic Gadget to the Glass Art Society’s Auction at the GAS Conference, Corning, USA

    2015

    • Aesthetica Magazine - Inspector
    • Arts & Crafts Design Award - Online publication

    2014

    • Glasmuseum Hadamar, Germany - Glass Vuvuzela and beaded carry case.

    2011

    • New Glass Review 32, Annual Juried publication of International Glass Art, Corning Museum of Glass, USA

    2010

    • Bonhams - South African and Modern African Art Auction, VuvuAfrica (Glass Vuvuzela in beaded wire case)
    • Publication of work in Best of Worldwide Glass Artists book

    2007

    • ABSA L’Atelier Competition 2007, Top 10 Finalist

    2004

    • FNB Vita Craft Now, Bus Factory, Newtown, Jhb. – Bronze award

    2002

    • Internationaler Glaskunstpreis 2002, Rheinbach, Germany, 3rd Place Award
    • Publication of work in Neues Glas/New Glass Magazine

    Recent Group Exhibitions

    2020

    • The Pandemic Project, an online collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture and UJ Choir
    • Beyond, group exhibition with M Dawid Ras Gallery, Johannesburg
    • Around the World in 80 Days, Waldmuseum Zwiesel, Germany
    • Affordable Art Exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
    • Annual Members Exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
    • Ist das noch Kunsthandwerk?, Handwerkskammer Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Mask on! Mask off!, van Heerden Gallery, Pretoria

    2019

    • SculptX 2019, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
    • Ibiza Art Fair 2019, Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza (Bellart Gallery, Vienna)
    • Bellart collection, Bellart Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    • Grit & Wheels, Schiesheim, Germany
    • Star Sailors, 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, The Viewing Room, Brooklyn, Pretoria
    • New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
    • VitroFestival Romont, Vitromusée, Romont, Switzerland (Bellart Gallery, Vienna)
    • World Art Day, Association of Arts, Pretoria
    • Murmurs Of Earth, Art On Avenues, Somerset West
    • Blow Your Sculpture, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria (Curator & Participant)
    • Annual Members Exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria

    2018

    • See Art - Contemporary Drawing, Gallery 2, Johannesburg. Curated by Derek Zietsman.
    • Back to the Future - Contemporary Glass Inspired by the Past, Association of Arts, Pretoria. (Curator & Participant)
    • Individual Voices, Art Box Gallery, Pretoria. A group exhibition of TUT Alumina curated by Jan van der Merwe.
    • The Spring Art Collective, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg. Curated by Julie Miller Art Institute.
    • SculptX, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg Indestructible, Trent Gallery, Pretoria. Curated by Anna Liebenberg.
    • In The Forests Of The Night, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg
    • Assumption, Trent Gallery, Pretoria. Curated by Anna Liebenberg.
    • Snake Eyes 3.0, in collaboration with Christo Niemandt, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. Curated by Found Collective.
    • See Art - Contemporary Abstract, Gallery 2, Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg. Curated by Derek Zietsman
    • Annual Members Exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria

    2017

    • Stable 2017, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
    • Material +Form, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr- Grenzhausen, Germany
    • The George Bizos 90th Birthday Celebration & SAHETI Scholarship Fund Artists Draw Fundraiser, Sponsored two works for fundraiser exhibition.
    • 1200 Degrees Celcius, Anecdotes Gallery & Project Space, 1 Eloff St., Joziburg Lane, Johannesburg
    • Lothar Böttcher & Sotiris Moldovanos, Dawid Ras Gallery, Sandhurst, Johannesburg
    • Snake Eyes 2.0, Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom. Curated by Found Collective and collaborated with Christo Niemandt.
    • SculptX, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
    • Art@ The Clocktower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
    • Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg. Represented by Millennium Gallery.
    • See Art, Association of Arts, Pretoria, curated by Derek Zietsman.
    • Glass Sculpture - Now For Something Completely Different, with Lothar Böttcher and Maxi Pretorius, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, Midrand.
    • Vernissage – Group Exhibition, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek.
    • Mute Wisdom, Almenkerk Wine Estate, Elgin, Western Cape. Curated by Gordon Froud

    2016

    • Vernissage – Group Exhibition, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek. Prime Meridian, Trent Gallery, Pretoria, curated by Anna Liebenberg.
    • Emil Kováč in Action, Glass workshop and exhibition by Smelt Glass Studio and View Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg.
    • Bending Light, with Kleonicki Vanos, North West University Gallery and Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • Blow Your Sculpture, Pretoria Art Museum (Cool Capital 2016)
    • Blow Your Sculpture, Pretoria Botanical Gardens (Cool Capital 2016)
    • Out of the Fire, Into the Light - Contemporary South African Glass Exhibition, Art Association Pretoria.
    • Non-Place, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek, curated by Elfriede Dreyer
    • Beyond the Limit - Sculptural Glass, St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
    • Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, NY, USA - Donated work for Silent Auction
    • 1st Jozi Inner City Courtyard Sculpture Exhibition, curated by Gordon Froud, No.1 Eloff St., Johannesburg Liquid, group show by Smelt Glass Studio and Friends, at View Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg
    • it's an artist's prerogative!, group exhibition, Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Thresholds (in)between Glasses, group show curated by Thabang Monoa for his masters degree at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Ad Hoc, pop-up group show at the Mince Festival, Cullinan

    2015

    • FNB Collectors Lounge, Johannesburg Art Fair, curated by Dewald Prinsloo, Ebony Franschoek
    • The Games People Play, group show curated by Gordon Froud and Yannis John Generalis, Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • Betwixt and Between, South African Glass Artists, curated by Thabang Monoa for Aardklop National Art Festival, Potchefstroom.
    • Dawid Ras, Collections a group show, Sandton, Johannesburg.
    • Eclectic Group show, Halifax Art, Parkhurst, Johannesburg Jozi(Pty)Ltd., group show at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Upcycle Chic, group show at Art It Is, Johannesburg
    • Jozi Land Art, Autumn show by Site Specific Land Art, Emmarentia Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg
    • Reflections, group show curated by the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, Stellenbosch.

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