This is the first show of the artist with Sprüth Magers and it marks the start of the collaboration between the Otto Piene Estate and the gallery.
Otto Piene’s use of light developed in the late 1950s with works utilising earlier experiments of printing onto canvas using punctured screens of many small holes, producing a grid of small, elevated pigment dots on the surface. These perforated ‘raster sieves’ were used in early works as hand-held tools through which to shine light from candles. This rudimentary apparatus soon developed into more complex means in 1960-61, employing metal screens, discs, motors, timers, and rotating electric lights, coming to a theatrical climax in room size installations.
- Otto Piene, Lichtwand Mönchengladbach, 2013 (Hintergrund), Doppelzylinder, 1996 (linke Seite), Lichtkubus 30 cm, 2002 (rechte Seite) © Otto Piene Estate Courtesy Sprüth Magers Photography by: Günter Thorn