“In Britain, people think abstraction is just beautiful, but for me it also has a political aspect.” – Lothar Götz

Lothar Götz makes work built on ideas of architecture and space, distinctively structured by abstract forms, geometric shapes, and intense harlequinesque blocks of colour. In his formative years of studying art at school, Götz’ teachers retained a tainted view on abstract art and the Bauhaus movement after such cosmopolitan ideologies were banned during Nazi regime. As the contemporary antidote to past oppression, Götz combines abstract art with the spirit of Bauhaus to create a vast range of work, from site specific wall paintings and spatial installations to calculated prints and paintings. Describing his work as abstract in concept rather than style, the artist draws from the architectural qualities of Bauhaus as much as the flat planes, blocks of colour and focus on dimension and balanced forms. Paralleling these ideas with his interest in using art to escape reality, his paper-based works are often representative of floor plans, based on a fantasized exploration of spatial ideas for domestic spaces. By using colour to imply the function, atmosphere or quality of a room or landscape, he is inspired by the fictional identity of the intended occupier. Methodically combining these factors, Götz creates abstracted, geometric arrangements of colour and form that connect with the playful praxis of Bauhaus