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Karl Otto Götz

Strep III
© Karl Otto Götz / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Karl Otto Götz

Strep III, 1965

Mixed media on canvas
90 × 70 cm

signed lower right: K. O. Götz; on the reverse inscribed: K. O. Götz STREP (III) 1965
(GOETZK/M 63)

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Literature:
Manfred de la Motte, Dokumente zum Deutschen Informel, Bonn 1976, fig. p. 14.

In 1964 Karl Otto Götz explored the design possibilities of abstract triptychs, resulting in Icarus' Grave, whose three panels, painted in an overarching gesture, he tentatively exchanged. The resulting breaks in the flow of painting - Götz speaks of distortions - interested him so much that he extended the experiments until 1965. "First I divided a canvas or a large cardboard (portrait format) into three horizontal fields. Then one field was painted. The next day, this field was covered, and the second field was painted. On the third day, both painted fields were covered, and the last field was painted" (Memories and Work, vol. I b, p. 1019). Black-and-white as well as colored pictures were created, including the series of Strep works with seven variants, the third of which is here. While Götz used red and blue several times, the yellow version stands alone in the series. The rhythmization is most consistently carried out here in order to counteract the impression that these could be collages. To avoid precisely this problem, Götz abandoned the three-part layering in favor of smaller partial covers or round inserts, which appear until 1966.
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