The process of arriving at a final image is in itself a journey through time and space. First, Osterburg constructs a tiny model from memory. Often no more than an inch across, the models are fashioned of readily available materialsvegetables, toothpicks, electronic debrisoften rescued from dumpsters and piles of refuse on city streets. These are placed within an environment also of found materials. Photographed through a magnifying glass or macro lens, the scene then appears life-size. The soft focus, infinite range of velvet blacks and rich grays, the scratches and traces from the printmaking process, and the use of rough, unfinished models all work together to suspend the final image somewhere between the real and the imaginary.
Besides working as an artist, he is also in high demand as teacher and masterprinter in photogravure and intaglio.
After more than 20 years in New York City I recently relocated my studio to the Hudson Valley, just minutes from Rhinebeck. The space is a fantastic 18th Century dutch barn. The move is going to be complete in the early part of 2016 after which I will finally start scheduling workshops again in my new space.
Current Shows: April 10 - May 1, 2016 Katherine Newbegin and Lothar Osterburg at Lesley Heller Workspace
'Zeppelins in Grand Central' was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit.
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July 18-31, 2013
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Find a great replacement for the discontinued Autotype Gelatin Pigment Paper at Cape Fear Press. Phoenix Gravure Tissue as well as the Dragon Gravure Tissue work similar to the Autotype while avoiding the problems of Bostick and Sullivans Tissue.
In 2010 Lothar Osterburg was awarded a Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, received one of 5 "Academy Awards in Art" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as part of their Annual Invitational Exhibit in Visual Art and was awarded a research grant for " Learning the carbon printing process for the purpose of the making of gelatin pigment paper for photogravure" from Bard College. He received a 2009 NYFA Grant for Printmaking, He was from Mid Dec 2008 through mid May 2009 on a residency in Japan. Watch his Japan Video "Impressions from a Stroll through Japan" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch. In January 2009 he received a grant from the AEV Foundation. If you missed his 2009 solo show at Lesley Heller Gallery you can visit it virtually HERE. It was reviewed by BOMB at http://bombsite.com.
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Dec 2015 - Jan 2016: "City Lives" at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC
October 2015: SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists) Centemnial show at the Art Students League, NY. Prize winner
March-April 2015 "Babel" at Lesley Heller Workspace.
Dec 2015: Lesley Heller Workspace featured Lothar Osterburg at "Pulse" in Miami Beach. Lothar was nominated for the Pulse Prize.
Sept 2014 Lothar Osterburg was part of "PRINT FACETS: FIVE CENTURIES OF PRINTMAKERS" at the Curator Gallery in NY.
July 2013 "Plus 1" (Group show) at Planthouse Gallery. view Image
March - July 2013 "On Time - Grand Central at 100" at the New York Transit Museum Annex at Grand Central Terminal.
August 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm The Bogliasco Foundation co-presents 'A Bookmobile for Dreamers' David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Target Free Thursday
May 24 2012 European Premiere of A Bookmobile for Dreamers at Buch und Kunst in Braunschweig, Germany.
June 20 2012 A Bookmobile for Dreamers, for theremin, recorded sound and video. Music and theremin: Elizabeth Brown Video: Lothar Osterburg. A Meet the Composer Commission.
April 29th Electronic Music Foundation presented "A Bookmobile for Dreamers", a multimedia chamber opera for theremin, recorded sound and video, comissioned by Meet the Composer. Music and theremin: Elizabeth Brown Video: Lothar Osterburg.
- "New Images from Library Dreams and Testerday's City of Tomorrow"Lens" a Solo show at Lesley Heller Workspace ran from Feb 1st through March 4th.
"Beyond the Lens" a Group show with Lothar Osterburg, Marco Breuer and Johanna Arnold at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley, CA ran from January 15th 2012 through March 31st.
Lothar Osterburg was included in various shows in 2011:
Lothar Osterburg was included in various shows in 2010:
Lothar Osterburg was included in three group shows in the fall of 2009:
"In Search of the Miraculous" was on view from July 4th through August 31st 2009 at:
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The work of Lothar Osterburg was featured in the April 2012 Casa Vogue issue of Italian Vogue.
The Korean Magazine "Photo Monthly" featured work of Lothar Osterburg in their "Cover Story" in their Movember 20122 issue.
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Please e-mail me if you are interested or to learn about future workshops before they are posted. They usually fill up before they are made public. Go to Workshops for more info on upcoming workshops.
Find a great replacement for the discontinued Autotype Gelatin Pigment Paper at Cape Fear Press. Phoenix Gravure Tissue works similar to the Autotype while avoiding the problems of Bostick and Sullivans Tissue.
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