March 2 – April 4, 2023
Wonderland: Valerie Hammond and Lothar Osterburg
55 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001
Planthouse is thrilled to present Wonderland, an exhibition featuring recent prints by Hudson Valley-based artists Valerie Hammond and Lothar Osterburg. Osterburg is best known for photogravures featuring rough small-scale models of rustic structures, water and air vessels, and imaginary cities staged in evocative settings and photographed to appear life-size to disorienting, mysterious, or whimsical effects. Painter, printmaker, sculptor, and photographer Hammond explores the nuances and fluidity of identity in her exquisitely rendered and detailed work, combining images of flora, fauna, and the human body to convey the external and internal forces by which we are shaped.
Hammond received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, where she received the Eisner Award. Her work is in public and private collections such as the Walker Art Center; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Library of Congress; the New York Public Library’s Print and Drawing Collection; The Getty Museum; the Progressive Collection; the Chazen Museum of Art; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Grand Palais Museum; and Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection. In addition, Hammond is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Hammond’s most recent solo exhibitions include Blue, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2021; The Eyes Have It, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2021; Then and Now, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2021; Fragile, Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY, 2020; Double Vision: Curated by Jane Holzer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 2019.
The German native Lothar Osterburg is known as an artist, master printer, and teacher of photogravure. He completed art school at the Art Academy Braunschweig in Germany and received his training as Master Printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. He has exhibited internationally and has work included in many public and private collections. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010, two New York Foundations for the Arts Fellowships, and a 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Award for Excellence in Printmaking. He currently teaches at Bard College, NY.