Interview: Alex Lotersztain, Designer & GOMA Ambassador
Monday 21 November 2016 Share FacebookDelicious Email

GOMA Ambassador Alex Lotersztain, designer of the official ‘GOMA turns 10′ Ambassador chair, the QTZ limited edition GOLD

Alex Lotersztain is a Brisbane-based designer with an international reputation and a multi-disciplinary studio and also one of our GOMA Turns 10 Ambassadors. He’s spent the last decade sharing a postcode with the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), so we sat down with him to talk about design, art and his favourite exhibitions.

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WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF GOOD DESIGN?

Observation. I think for me the key is being able to pay attention to details, the surrounds and see how people interact with the world…

“GOMA is a Pandora’s box.
It allows me to see art and the freedom of expression that comes with it.
It’s such an inspirational reboot!” Alex Lotersztain

WHAT’S A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD AT THE GALLERY?

Too many! The Andy Warhol exhibition in 2007 was incredibly inspiring – I loved the Up Late program with the national and international artists, as well as the 15 Minutes of Fame series of talks. It was a good reminder that, as an artist, we must never stop learning.

BLOG_AndyWarhol-23Installation view of ‘Andy Warhol’ / © Photograph: Natasha Harth

I also loved the ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ exhibition a couple of years ago. It was amazing to see the work of such pioneering designers, including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Akira Isogawa.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese FashionInstallation viewGOMAInstallation view of ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ / © Photograph: Natasha Harth

WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS?

Funny enough, most of my ideas come while I’m flying. I travel a lot and use the time up there to think and sketch – and, of course, to watch a couple of movies…

I also genuinely get to GOMA at least once a fortnight. In fact, I think the whole Cultural Precinct is amazing and it should – must! – grow. I wish GOMA would take over the Milk Factory next door and make a state-of-the-art design museum and large scale contemporary art. What do you think?!

WHAT IS INSPIRING YOU AT THE MOMENT?

WEARING: Margiela kicks, three-quarter cargo pants and white, loose v-neck tee.

TRAVEL: Budapest – I was there earlier this year for the second time, and still find it so cool.

ARCHITECTURE: Anything modernist.

INTERIORS: Minimal with a vintage touch.

FURNITURE: ’Les Basic’, my new brand!

ART: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works.

‘No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016′
Until 29 January 2017 | QAG

‘Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific works from the Collection’
26 November 2016 – 30 July 2017 | GOMA

COVETING: I’d love to get a large scale artwork by Australian Aboriginal artist Dadda Samson.

BLOG-Dadda SamsonDadda Samson, Artist, Australia b.c.1933 / Judith (Anya) Samson, Collaborating artist, Australia b.1988 / Rabbit Proof Fence 2010 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artists

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