HANNO OTTEN | FARBE
Opening due to the DC Open | September 5, 2014, 6-10 pm
Exhibition | September 6 - October 31, 2014
“Color is the visual key to understanding our social reality. That is precisely what I find interesting about the question of color – that artistic, social, scientific and also cultural aspects and components come together.” – Hanno Otten
The current exhibition of the works of Hanno Otten (*1954) at | PRISKA PASQUER centres on the perception of color. Created since the mid-1990s, the “Colorblocks” and “Lichtbilder” series are photograms – a technique that creates photographic images not with cameras and negatives, but rather by simply exposing light-sensitive paper to light. The unique quality of the images highlights the subjective outlook of each individual beholder. This combines diverse impressions such as surrounding light conditions and reflections. The quality of the color in his radically aesthetic works anticipates the character of digital colors. The colors of the C-Prints from the “13 Colors” series are juxtaposed with two sculptures – “RAL Deutsches Institut für Guetesicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V.” und “Ludwig Wittgenstein” – that were already shown in Museum Ludwig back in 1998.
Hanno Otten was born in Cologne in 1954 and works in a wide range of media. “Color” has been an important theme for him since the early 1990s – he does not see it as merely an external factor but rather makes it an integral part of his works. His photograms are entitled “Colorblocks”, “Lichtbilder” or “real nothing”, while his sculptures and installations are frequently named after color theory pioneers such as “Johann Wolfgang von Goethe”.
The artist also explores the notion of color in his “color films”, “color theory” works and his paintings. Otten is featured in important private and public collections – including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum/Harvard Art Museum and Microsoft Art Collection.