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Hans Kotter

Germany 1966

Installation, Light Art


Hans Kotter
Hans Kotter
October 18, 2015

Hans Kotter is a German artist, whose light-based sculptures and installations investigate the way that light and colors interact with the environment. Born in 1966 Muhldorf am Inn, Germany, Kotter moved to the United States in 1993, where he studied at the Art Students League of New York. The artist continued his education with studies at the Media Design Academy in Munich, from 2001 till 2003. At this period, he was awarded the Bayern Culture Prize by E.ON Bayern AG in the category of art and architecture. From 2007 till 2013, Hans Kotter worked as a lecturer at State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, Germany.

Kotter’s light-based artworks investigate the way that light and colors interact with the environment

Hans Kotter - Fractal, 2015
Hans Kotter – Fractal, 2015
Hans Kotter - Beyond Light “Wave”, 2015
Hans Kotter – Beyond Light “Wave”, 2015

Kotter’s interest in the transformative power of light is emphasized by his characteristic use of color-changing LED technology. Using the mentioned technology and materials such as mirrors, Plexiglas and metal, the artist creates tunnels of light, illusory shapes that seem to float in space, and light arrows, giving physicality to light and indicating that light can fill and shape the environment. Much of Hans Kotter’s artworks, including his Chromatic Plants series, are based upon the use of a prism, photographing the diffraction of light through it.

The artist creates illusory shapes that seem to float in space

Hans Kotter - Beyond light exhibition view, 2016
Hans Kotter – Beyond light exhibition view, 2016

As a critically acclaimed artist, Kotter exhibited at numerous galleries, art venues and museums throughout Europe and the United States since the early 1990s. Important participations include exhibitions at Kinetica Museum and Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, located in London, and at Villa Datris in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France. His work is a part of several collections, such as in the Borusan Collection in Istanbul, Targetti Light Art Collection in Florence, Italy, Museum Ritter in Waldenbuch, and Osthaus Museum in Hagen, Germany, the Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany, and the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY, among others.

Big Bang…Interruption

Hans Kotter - Big Bang…Interruption, 2013
Hans Kotter – Big Bang…Interruption, 2013

Hans Kotter had his first solo exhibition with De Buck Gallery in 2011, titled Light Sensitive. His most recent solo show with De Buck was held in 2014. Titled …Interruption, the exhibition was centered around the large, intense installation – Big Bang…Interruption, showing the illusions created by reflections of light throughout the artwork.

Hans Kotter is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

All images courtesy of the artist, images copyright © Ulrich Helweg

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Couleur & TransparenceGallery Nery Marino, ParisSolo
2014ContemporariesNew Gallery Budapest, BudapestSolo
2014…InterruptionDe Buck Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Cielo y TierraGalería Impakto, Lima, PeruGroup
2013SuperpositionGallery Michaela Stock, ViennaSolo
2013Kubus – The Transparent RoomViennaSolo
2013Light FlowOsthaus Museum, Hagen, GermanySolo
2013Scheinwerfer: Lichtkunst in Deutschladn im 21. JahrhundertKunstmuseum Celle, GermanyGroup
2013Light .Art. Kinetics.Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, GermanyGroup
2013Group ShowSyracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NYGroup
2012Mouvement et LumiereVilla Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France Group
2011Light SensitiveDe Buck Gallery, New YorkSolo
2011Hans KotterPatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonSolo
2011Point of ViewPriveekollektie, Heusden, NetherlandsSolo
2011DeflectionStudio d’Arte Contemporanea Pino Casagrande, RomeSolo
2011Story for ReflectionGallery Michaela Stock, ViennaGroup
2011New WorksBestregarts, FrankfurtGroup
2011Summer SelectionsDe Buck Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011Group ShowPatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonGroup
2011Group ShowArt Radionica Lazareti, Dubrovnik, CroatiaGroup
2011Sensitive ExtraMuseum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, CroatiaGroup
2011DeflectionGallery Viltin, Budapest, HungaryGroup
2011Click CliqueLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2011Konkrete AbstractionLausberg Contemporary, DüsseldorfGroup
2011Winter ThawLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2010TransformationPriveekollektie, Heusden, NetherlandsSolo
2010DialogGallery Grazia Blumberg, Recklinghausen, GermanyGroup
2010Summer ShowLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2010Beyod PaintingLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2009Hans KotterGallery Michaela Stock, Vienna,Solo
2009ReplacedPatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonSolo
2009Best of Lausberg ContemporaryLausberg Contemporary, TorontoGroup
2009Trilogie: Berlin – London – RomeArtMbassy BerlinGroup
2008The Very Best…Gallery Benden & Klimczak, CologneSolo
2008BalanceShunt London, with Kinetica Museum LondonSolo
2008Colour RushGallery Bernd Lausberg, TorontoSolo
2008Best BeforeStadtgalerie Klagenfurt, GermanyGroup
2008InfectedPriveekollektie, HollandGroup
2008German Photography Todaybkhf Gallery Miami, FLGroup
2007Colour Rush and Blue LinePatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonSolo
2007Preview 2008Gallery Benden & Klimczak, CologneGroup
2007Obsession with TechnicsArtMbassy Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007SuitcaseIstituto Italiano di Cultura, CologneGroup
2007In the FluxKinetica Museum, LondonGroup
2007Best Before…Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, GermanyGroup
2006Light Colour RoomGallery Bernd Lausberg, DüsseldorfSolo
2006Life FormsKinetica Museum, LondonGroup
2006Fire and IceRosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2005Chromatic ImpulseBerlinische Galerie with Spectral, GermanySolo
2005ReflectionsGallery Kashya Hildebrand, GenevaGroup
2005Rot als FarbeGallery Bernd Lausberg, DüsseldorfGroup
2005SpectrumGallery Kashya Hildebrand, New YorkGroup
2005Look!Berlinerkunst Project, NY Arts Magazine, BerlinGroup
2005SolarisGallery Kashya Hildebrand, ZurichGroup
2004BalanceRaum für Kunst, Kunstverein Ravensburg, GermanySolo
2004IlluminationsAedes Berlin, GermanySolo
2004Macro LandscapePatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonSolo
2003LichtechtPatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonSolo
2003Lichtung IIBackfabrik, BerlinGroup
2003Group ShowPatrick Heide Contemporary Art, LondonGroup
2003IlluminationenBerlinerKunstprojekt Annex, BerlinGroup
2002Light and ColourBezirks Galerie, Bezirk Oberbayern, MunichSolo
2002Beauty in PlasticStadtmuseum Neuötting, GermanySolo
2001Blue LinePasinger Fabrik, MunichSolo
2001Kraft und MagieOberbayerische Kulturtage Altötting, GermanyGroup
2000Landscape in PlasticGallery Hofmeisterhaus, Massing-Rottal, GermanySolo
2000Group ShowKulturmodell Passau, GermanyGroup
2000Grosse KunstaustellungHaus der Kunst, MunichGroup
2000Group ShowStädtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, GermanyGroup
1999StillebenGallery Benden & Klimczak, CologneSolo
1999I Love YouKultur Forum Oberalteich, GermanyGroup
1999The Museum as Muse: Artists ReflectMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
19991Keio University, TokyoGroup
1998SpurensicherungHaus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg, GermanySolo
1998Death Culture in the ChapelCastle-Klebing, GermanySolo
1998Country Without BordersAbraham Lubelski Gallery, New YorkGroup
1998Group ShowNeue Galerie Oberhausmuseum, Passau, GermanyGroup
1997Diary with Sound CollageModern Theatre Munich, GermanySolo
1997Hans KotterGallery Notwehr, MunichSolo
1997Keine ErinnerungOld Tax Office, Rosenheim, GermanyGroup
1997MetamorphosiaKultur Modell Passau, GermanyGroup
1996MemoryARTgerecht, HamburgSolo
1996Group ShowHaus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg, GermanyGroup
1996Sonic Identity450 Broadway Gallery, New YorkGroup
1995Group ShowGallery Hofmeisterhaus, Massing-Rottal, GermanyGroup
1994Body LanguageRadiocenter of Bratislava, SlovakiaSolo
1994Annual Art ExhibitionStadtmuseum Waldkraiburg, GermanyGroup
1994Cyber CultureDariusz Gubala Gallery, New YorkGroup
1994Group ShowCastle-Schloshof, AustriaGroup
1993Talk to MeGalerie & Atelier, ViennaSolo
1993Vertigo ArtDariusz Gubala Gallery, New YorkGroup
1993Group ShowMadelyn Jordon Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992Hans KotterStadtmuseum Waldkraiburg, GermanySolo
1992Daydream Chuck Levitan Gallery, New YorkSolo