Götz comments: "The works are all about tension or discrepancy between the reality of the space and an abstract idea. I see the space, and I design this abstract painting in my studio, which then changes again completely because of the reality of the space. The moment it’s painted onto a wall, it becomes part of the space - part of reality, never completely abstract. There is a transition between abstraction and the real space; it’s this play that interests me."
Sam Cornish interviews Lothar Götz on the occasion of the recent exhibition The Line of Beauty at Domobaal, London.
Götz discusses the particular challenges of creating site specific paintings. Asked about how his painting What Makes Boys Dance? altered the environment Götz comments: "What was interesting when we started to paint everything pink, it become not a very pleasant room. It changed from a very, very tasteful grey into something like an institutional colour, perhaps like when it was a lawyer’s office; and then we added the black and it was extremely graphic. We might have left it black – there are lots of stages where you think it can be left. What I find interesting with these site specific pieces is that at every stage is an option, you could do this, or you could do that. I could make a whole series of different pieces for a room and see how it reacts."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.