Walter Oltmann / 2007

Walter Oltmann / 2007
08 October - 01 November 2008
Installation View
Walter Oltmann
Caterpillar Suit I, 2007
Anodized aluminum an brass wire
118 x 59 x 42 cm
Walter Oltmann
Shoring, 2007
Aluminum wire and rocks
108 x 105 x 27 cm
Walter Oltmann
Nest, 2007
Anodised aluminum and brass wire
225 x 110 x 25 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetle Suit V, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
approx. 35 x 25cm each
Walter Oltmann
Imago, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
100 x 210 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetle Suit IV, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
29 x 20 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetles, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
27 x 20 cm
Walter Oltmann
Mandrake, 2007
Anodised aluminium wire and painted aluminium casts
210 x 148 x 50 cm
Walter Oltmann
Bleeder I, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
60 x 41 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetle Suit III, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
approx. 35 x 25cm each
Walter Oltmann
Larva Suit II, 2009
Ink And Bleach On Paper
151 x 102 cm
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit I, 2007
Ink on bleach on paper
60 x 41 cm
Walter Oltmann
Fishmoth, 2007
Aluminium wire
Work: 84 x 70 x 7 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetles Suits VI, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
approx. 35 x 25cm each
Walter Oltmann
Bleeder II, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
60 x 41cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetle Suit II, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
Work: 30 x 21 cm Frame: 45 x 36.5 x 3.5 cm
Walter Oltmann
Bleeder, 2007
Ink on paper
210 x 100 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetles Suits I, 2007
Ink And Bleach On Paper
approx. 35 x 25cm each
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit II, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
60 x 41 cm
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit IV, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
75 x 55 cm
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit V, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
75 x 55 cm
Walter Oltmann
Chrysalis, 2007
Sculpture
240 x 74 x 50 cm
Walter Oltmann
Larva Suit, 2008
Ink And Bleach On Paper
paper size: 151 x 102cm
Walter Oltmann
Caterpillar Suit II, 2007
Aluminum wire
120 x 110 x 68 cm
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit II, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
150 x 100 cm
Walter Oltmann
Locust, 2004
Brass Wire
116 x 116 x 9 cm
Walter Oltmann
Beetles and Suits (A-J), 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
14 x 10 cm
Walter Oltmann
In Amber (A-T), 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
14 x 10 cm
Walter Oltmann
Armour, 2007
Aluminum and razor wire
120 x 170 x 40 cm
Walter Oltmann
Scarab Suit III, 2007
Ink and bleach on paper
60 x 41 cm

Walter Oltmann / 2007 - Installation View

08 October - 01 November 2008

Walter Oltmann

Caterpillar Suit I

Walter Oltmann

Shoring

Walter Oltmann

Nest

Walter Oltmann

Beetle Suit V

Walter Oltmann

Imago

Walter Oltmann

Beetle Suit IV

Walter Oltmann

Beetles

Walter Oltmann

Mandrake

Walter Oltmann

Bleeder I

Walter Oltmann

Beetle Suit III

Walter Oltmann

Larva Suit II

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit I

Walter Oltmann

Fishmoth

Walter Oltmann

Beetles Suits VI

Walter Oltmann

Bleeder II

Walter Oltmann

Beetle Suit II

Walter Oltmann

Bleeder

Walter Oltmann

Beetles Suits I

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit II

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit IV

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit V

Walter Oltmann

Chrysalis

Walter Oltmann

Larva Suit

Walter Oltmann

Caterpillar Suit II

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit II

Walter Oltmann

Locust

Walter Oltmann

Beetles and Suits (A-J)

Walter Oltmann

In Amber (A-T)

Walter Oltmann

Armour

Walter Oltmann

Scarab Suit III

The Goodman Gallery is pleased to host a new body of work by Walter Oltmann from 13 August – 3 November 2007. This exhibition of new sculpture and works on paper in various media opens at noon on Saturday 13th, on this day the gallery will have extended hours from 09h30 to 17h00 and closes on 3rd November at 16h00.

Using hand-craft techniques related to weaving, Walter Oltmann creates his often monumental wire sculptures for which he has become well known. Process is still very much at the centre of Oltmann’s wire sculptures as he continues to explore domestic craft techniques, together with material and imagery that seems incongruous or disparate to these activities. This opens up various associations and meanings, and creates allusions to Oltmann’s African roots.

Walter Oltmann has continued fabricating wire sculptures by hand to arrive at hybrid forms suggesting an interface between references to insects and human features. These wire sculptures are based on his previous “Larva Suits”, empty garments not unlike suits of armour. These suits allude to insect larvae/ caterpillars as well as features from early forms of dress associated with Europeans who first arrived on African soil. Oltmann’s sculptures (including a few wire net pieces) and drawings continue to articulate ideas relating to the monstrous and the vulnerable and the unsettling of boundaries between categories.

Oltmann’s new body of work comprises a series of ink drawings, prints, and wire sculptures in which he incorporates the use of anodizing to achieve strong metallic colour. The metallic sheen and articulated surfaces created with aluminium, copper, brass and bronze give the works devotional and iconic aura which elevates the ordinary and suggests the possibility of transformation.

Walter Oltmann

Born in 1960 in Rustenburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Walter Oltmann’s main area of focus is sculpture, and more particularly in fabricating woven wire forms, which sometimes reference local craft traditions. 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 has had numerous solo exhibitions with the Goodman Gallery, and has created several large-scale commissions for venues such as the Zeitz Sculpture Garden in Segera, Kenya.