Children of Fire
These Children of fire were born through extreme heat and water – they represent connections to earth, pure matter in its full beauty. I accept the creative support of nature, yet my conscious decision formed this body of work. These transparencies, deprived from the original content, have gone through metamorphoses. I felt like a gold washer at a creek, panning for gems in the ashes of my burned slides.
. Boyd|Satellite Gallery, New Orleans, 2018
. Blank Wall, Athens, Greece, 2019
. Openings, New York City, 2019
. AlfaArt Gallery, New Brunswick, 2021 - Video interview
Lothar Troeller’s “Children of the fire” is a series reflecting Troeller’s personal journey through crisis and destiny that is physically formed by not only the elements of the earth but by the conscious mind that guides them. The German American artist and photographer whose exhibition work spans over multiple decades and continents, now invites us to observe his Children of the Fire with introspective intent. His visually diverse yet equally striking works are simultaneously vibrant and painful. The raw and heartbreaking series is charged with a sense of perseverance in the face of adversity. The scorched surface gives way to new beginnings, as hardships often do. AlfaArt Gallery
"Creating art from loss, Lothar Troeller exemplifies a phoenix rising from the ashes."
--Brian Paul Clamp, Gallerist, NYC
As a photographer living in the East Village of New York I’ve been watching Trump’s image appear on buildings in many forms, as his identity in the public unfolds and is resisted. These images reflect nuances that photography can reveal through street art and graffiti that catch the public’s attention. Being on the scene here in one of the biggest cities in the world this work gives viewers a place to position themselves as they begin to explore my investigation of America’s president. Street art is controversial, and the streets serve as a mirror on society. While capturing the color, mystery of everyday changes I used gesture and layering of voices found in my neighborhood, the East Village of New York City walls.
People of San Carlos, Colombia, are traumatized. For decades they have suffered under the violence between guerrillas and paramilitary forces. Almost everybody can report murdered family members.
At the moment violence is calming down; so people take the risk to relocate with the help of the government to their destroyed homes. I photographed their stories.
Colombian Resilience - these photographs have been shown at the parliament house of Pereira where the politicians had to walk by them to their assembly hall, and could read, if they even bothered, the testimonies of these family members of victims of the decades long civil war in Colombia.
Between New York City and Lakewood on Route 9 South in New Jersey there are still old fashion diners and fast food temples. They represent both places of gathering and isolation.
I photographed at night, when the black sky separates the lit or glowing objects from their surrounding environment. The patrons are mostly gone and the spaces remain similar to light sculptures. You might see some late food seekers, but the only movements you notice are the flags in the wind.
For me these pictures stand for monuments of the American culture.
Candace (2008) is a color print of a naked woman jumping from a trampoline. Beautiful, with her arms extended and reddish-brown hair flying, she exhibits both, her body and an exuberance, we don’t encounter often. This image by Troeller communicates both athleticism and passion—revered as an American combination!