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Feb. 23, 2007

Artist Lothar Osterburg Lectures On His Work At UI March 8

Artist Lothar Osterburg will present a lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Room 116 of the University of Iowa Art Building West.

Osterburg's talk, which is presented by the printmaking area of the UI School of Art and Art History, will be free and open to the public.

Osterburg makes use of the unusual technique known as photogravure. First created in the mid-1800s, photogravure is a unique combination of intaglio printmaking and early photography techniques. The process remained mostly unchanged and was little used for much of the 20th century.

In recent years, a renewed interest in photogravure has led to new adaptations for its use with digital imaging and polymer (plastic) plate technologies.

Osterburg makes photogravures of small, sculpted models of windmills, water wheels, lighthouses and other objects staged in evocative settings. Built of readily available materials, the models have a dreamlike quality that is enhanced by the placement of the camera within their world; the perspective is that of a person within the set, obscuring the actual size of the objects.

The viewer, drawn into the scene, fills the gap created by the absence of people. The smallest models are photographed through a magnifying glass or with a macro lens. With this extremely short focal range, the scenes become ambiguous, mysterious, or even ominous while somehow retaining a playful quality.

Born in Braunschweig, Germany, Osterburg now lives and works in New York City. His prints have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States, Europe and Japan, and can be found in the public collections of Dresdener Bank, Banana Republic, Wells Fargo and Microsoft.

Osterburg was recently artist-in-residence at Hui N'Eau Arts Center in Hawaii and the recipient of a Concordia Career Advancement Grant from the New York Foundations for the Arts.

In addition to creating and exhibiting art, Osterburg has taught and lectured extensively and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Bard College and an adjunct professor in printmaking at Cooper Union. For more on Osterburg, see his Web page:

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