Interview with experimental artist Otto Laske
Otto Laske is a visual artist, composer, and published poet writing in English and German. His visual art is entirely digital; his concert music comprises both instrumental and electronic works. Given that his compositional career of 45 years preceded his turn to visual art (in his seventies), his work shows strong influences of music-compositional thinking in that it emphasizes energy flow, variations of density, conflict resolution, and contrasts in terms of color, line, and stroke.
Otto’s visual art developed out of animations comprising images, music, and his own poetry read aloud. He initially exhibited specially selected animation stills as paintings. As time went on, he increasingly embraced Klee’s notion of Aufzucht der Mittel (nurturance of the tools of the craft) as the core of art making. As a result, his primary concern became the aliveness of the pictorial space. For him, this esthetics entails freeing the elements of painting from subservience to representational goals as much as possible.