The New Reality | William Lottering

July 10 – 28, 2024
Curated by Selin Kahramanoğlu

Zoom Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 1 pm. Register via Eventbrite.
In-Person Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 2 – 5:30 pm
Artist Talk with Curator Selin Kahramanoğlu: Saturday, July 27, 2 pm

Artist present on the weekends

In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus gave fire to the human race below as a life-giving potency. Fire – energy – has since manifested organically in nature and artificially by humans. Undeniably, fire has set the conditions for our way of life. This exhibition highlights how we find fire difficult to control, as it appears in two unavoidable forms: Fire from below – nourishes, erupts and destroys. Fire from above – rains on us during war. The New Reality, or the 21st-century human condition, is significantly defined by these two states of Fire.

Although viewers may see some works in this exhibition as abstract, all the works have representational departure points. Lottering reacts to current significant environmental events such as out-of-control wildfires, planet alignment and war. To prompt viewers to reflect on such transformative events, he utilizes imagery of erupting volcanoes, bridges, drones, insects, burning trees, explosions and platforms.

Lottering explains: “I am worried about the current version of the human condition. It is unforgiving and cruel; not at all like the global-village utopia envisioned in the early years of the 21st century. Serious environmental catastrophes, abrupt sociopolitical shifts, adjustments to our mentality and even alterations to our physical characteristics all contribute to The New Reality. However, according to Friedrich Nietzsche, it is clear that The New Reality is just an eternal repetition of the same.”

Artist, educator, dramatist, and radio announcer – William Lottering’s art career stretches over four decades. Born in South Africa, Lottering’s early works were first called parchment pieces by art critic George Duby in 1980. Over the years, Lottering has experimented with a variety of styles and topics ranging from abstract to photo-realism.  He is represented in art collections and museums in South Africa, as well as several collections in Canada and Europe. 

While in South Africa, he was a teacher at the Pretoria Art: Ballet and Music School, a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, an art critic, a playwright, as well as a radio announcer and producer for Radio South Africa, RSG, and TV4, including director of radio plays. In Canada, Lottering was a Visual Arts Department head and later Arts Curriculum consultant for the York Region District School Board.  During his extensive career, William served on committees and organized many exhibitions, art installations, and European art tours. He is currently a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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