A red sky in the morning is a Shepherd's warning.
Spring: The rainbow is a signifier of hope and optimism: a pot of gold lurking at its end. New beginnings.
Flip a rainbow upside down and you get a smile.
Summer: Lurking beneath the surface of everything lays a benign tumour waiting to turn malignant.
The paintings have glow in the dark texts that are revealed when the lights are turned out: the context and meaning forever changed.
Autumn: The superficiality of existence cannot be measured, only witnessed: seen or ignored or missed.
Winter: Language is forever being changed and weathered by the course of time.
The beautiful English Murmurations are compiled of one of the most abject words in the English Language: Cunt, (aka Con in French; berk in rhyming slang; See you next Tuesday in textspeak). Once employed in daily parlance, over time and across oceans, the word has become gender specific and maligned by one and all.
The sunset that seems to be the most dazzling and dramatic bears the consequences of the most dire pollution.
Kötting lives and works between Philadelphia and West Salisbury, Vermont.
Born in London.
Moved to Brighton; while there escaped to Chicago for six months. Disappeared in the French Pyrenees for a year. Moved to Philadelphia for a year. Moved to Rome for a year. Moved to Brooklyn, New York for 15 years. Started living part time in Vermont in 1998. Moved to Los Angeles in 2005. Left Los Angeles in 2019. Currently living between Salisbury, Vermont and Philadelphia
BA (hons) Brighton University (formerly Brighton Polytechnic) in 1988. MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1991. Currently lives and works between Salisbury, Vermont and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kötting has had solo exhibitions around the world. They include: Don't Touch the Ears; You won't like it when She is Angry: Trauma CSUN West Gallery, Northridge (2018); Reflexive at Larissa Goldston Gallery, NYC (2010-2011); Heads Up! University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California (2008); The Art of Pilgrim(aging) at Gallerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium (2007); Help! (bannersflyerstencils) at Larissa Goldston Gallery, NYC (2006); and Atrocity Exhibition at Yvon Lambert Gallery, NYC (2004). His work has been in numerous group exhibitions including A Day's Work (curated by Susan Morris) in Germany; Endless Bummer II / Still Bummin' Marlborough Chelsea, NYC (2013); New Prints at the International Print Center NYC (2007); Rainbow of Chaos, Larissa Goldston Gallery, NYC (2012); Il Faut Rendre à Cézanne at Collection Lambert, Avignon, France (2007); and Longitude/Latitude at Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium (2007).
Kötting has received several awards throughout his career, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Award in 2004. His work can be found in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and New York Public Library.
He was the Curator/Director of The Todd Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield from 2009 - 2014. While there he organised solo shows by Jim Skuldt, Adrià Julià, Mary Weatherford, Gustavo Godoy and Drew Dominick as well as numerous group exhibitions.
And there was also (and potentially still) Rogers.