Curated by Harrie Siertsema
Opening Sat 30 May 12-3pm
Concludes Sat 20 June 2015
A selection of Walter Oltmann artworks curated by Harrie Siertsema will be on show and available for sale in the gallery’s Collector’s Room from Sat 30 May 12-3pm until Sat 20 June 2015.
Oltmann holds a BA (Fine Arts), University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (1981) and a MA (Fine Arts), Witwatersrand (1985). He is a lecturer in the Division of Visual Arts at Wits.
He has exhibited his work widely since 1985 and his work is represented in public and private collections in South Africa and abroad. He has been the recipient of many commissions which include Gencor wall sculpture, Johannesburg, 1995; urban Convention Centre: wall sculpture, 1997; MTN wall sculpture, Sandton, Johannesburg, 1998; ABSA North Towers: sculpture, Johannesburg, 1999; 2000 Sandton Convention Centre: wall sculpture 2000; Dimension Data: suspended sculpture, Bryanston, Johannesburg, 2003; Arabella Sheraton Hotel, Cape Town: suspended sculpture, 2003; Constitutional Court, chandeliers and lamp shades, Johannesburg, 2003; SAB wall sculpture, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2004; Wits Origins Centre: world map interpretation, 2005/6.
His main area of creative focus is in sculpture, and more particularly in fabricating woven wire forms, which sometimes reference local craft traditions. His drawings are also based on and explore similar references. He has researched and written on the use of wire in African material culture in this region and is deeply interested in the influence of these traditions in contemporary South African art. He uses images of natural phenomena (human, plant and animal) and play with the idea of mutation, hybrids and reconfiguring the familiar. Through dramatically enlarging and/or transposing features of one to the other, he plays with the paradox between vulnerability and the monstrous. Using the language of craft, his artworks are always a product of labor and time.