German artist Hans Kotter has created a light sculpture called ‘Big Bang…Interruption’. It is one of his many works which immerses the viewer within the installation as they try to work out the numerous optical illusions created by reflections and refractions. The art piece is Kotter’s attempt to explore the infinite quality of space and is exhibited at the galerie Michaela stock, Vienna.
Kotter’s works has been highly inspired by light and interprets its illusion that surrounds humans in everyday life. He explains how light is a major element on our planet with a lasting impact on humans. The artist not only investigates but also implements the medium of light, with its composition, physical contexts, colors, perception and cultural history depicted in a unique fashion.
In the Big Bang installation, Knotter develops the essences of this optical illusion and familiarizes us with the beauty of details and vision. He treats light as his protagonist, allowing them to act as radiant objects and visually stumbling blocks of vivid and dynamic quality. He uses a selection of materials such as mirrors, plexiglass, metal and LEDs to create a vignette of beams formed through glowing tubes exploding in the space. Kotter addresses the fascination and beauty of catastrophe by simultaneously highlighting the evolution of something new and develops a sleek reference to current affairs by subtly narrating humorous allusions to life’s absurdities.
The actual fascination of his works, however, is not necessarily the staging of the objects used in their original size, or the fact that he lends meaning to them – instead, it is their astonishing interplay that leads to change in our perception. Kotter not only uses light as the magic source for his installations but it is the shadows and the foreground that actually creates the highlight. The artist explicates to find his true inspiration in life, where matter offers him an opportunity to be moulded via light qualities. However, none of his installations could evolve or exist if there was no space. His latest work ‘Big Bang … Interruption’ invites us into another confusing game, presenting an everyday phenomenon in a fresh context.
By Parantap Bhatt