Is the spiritual in art outdated? As a young artist in the 1960's Geoffrey Koetsch was in the thrall of Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In the Seventies it was Jung and Campbell and The Perennial Philosophy. A self-described spiritual junkie, Koetsch once said "I never discovered a religion I didn't like." Spiritual themes have dominated his work for over forty years. Now in his seventies, seeing his pursuit reaching maturity, he asks the question: has the spiritual in art become irrelevant to the contemporary art world? In digital slide format, Koetsch will show select key works of his artistic journey over the years as well as his recent improvised mixed media "Wall Compositions." In addition he will premier an 18 minute video of "The Preparation," a performance taped at the 2014 First Biennial Festival of Sound Art and Performance Art at The Quarry.
Geoffrey Koetsch is a Lowell based interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, painting, and video, often combined in installations and "Wall Compositions." Koetsch received his MFA in painting at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Lesley University College of Art and Design where he taught fine art and art history for over forty years. He has been a Lecturer at the Mass College of Art, Boston Architectural College, Monserrat College of Art, U-Mass Lowell and Northeastern University. He has shown in over 90 one-person and group exhibitions. A short list of work in permanent collections includes the Brooklyn Museum, Danforth Art Museum of Art, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, and the Boston Athenaeum. He creates in a studio at Gates Block in Lowell.