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Category: Contemporary Art

Christa Filser

Is art, among other things, a means to understand the complexity of our world?
Is it, as a process that thematizes, visualizes and interprets, also a tool in the search for answers?
In the attempt to formulate the world for themselves, the creators of art also succeed, in the best case, in offering an option of wanting to understand. A process of one's own perception stimulated by the foreign perspective.

Works by Christa Filser created in the last two years only seem to formally map the world. In reality, however, the artist captures a world seen with her inner eye, which threatens to slip away from us more and more, and constantly questions it.
A view from above, a bird's eye view dominates the works on paper and collages of the last two years, transformed into an abstract-harmonic collection of patterns, colors and lines.
A kind of counter-reaction to the turmoil of our contemporary world, the artist's new works are characterized by clarity and calmness, eschewing bold pictorial commentary while still taking a stance on current events with subtle metaphors.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Sebastian Herzau

Sebastian Herzau is a painter whose art cannot be pigeonholed, for he surprises us with a wide variety of subjects and skillfully plays with our perception. He has managed to make this play with the painterly possibilities of alienation, veiling and illusion his trademark.

Sebastian Herzau is always on the lookout for new challenges in classical painting techniques. He devotes himself mainly to the traditional genres of portraiture and still life, which he translates into his own artistic signature. He creates illusions in the sense of trompe-l'œil painting and ambiguous pictorial worlds that reveal his experimental curiosity. He often provides these with a special pinch of "Herzau humor", which make the viewer smile and at the same time astonish him.

In this context, the motif of the Batman mask, which he has painted again and again for years, must not be missing from the solo exhibition - the heroic figure of his youth and the epitome of mystery and veiling.
Or to put it simply in Batman's words: "I wear a mask. And that mask, it's not to hide who I am, but to create what I am." - This also applies wonderfully to Sebastian Herzau and his painting.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Charlotte Giacobbi

My work questions the physical potential of painting. In doing so, it expands the pictorial space from paint to fabric, beyond the frame to the wall and its surroundings. My painting space oscillates continuously between the second and third dimension, contracting and expanding.
This constant back and forth between expansion and contraction allows for a physical experience. The canvas itself becomes corporeal. The transparency of the fabric defines the boundary or bridge between fullness and emptiness, material and form, inside and outside. Through the movement of the viewer in space, the work appears in its holistic context. It takes on a holistic existence. The forms and surfaces, real or imagined, take shape in the imagination. Through physical and mental experience, the painterly elements become real.
In my eyes, painting must not just look at itself or tell itself. It is first and foremost a living experience that one has with one's own body. By working the painterly space like an im/material substance, and by continuously involving it in a moving process, painting becomes closer to us. Perhaps it lets us enter into a special contemplation, the contemplation of the inner life.

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Category: Contemporary Art

Tobias Stutz

An artist who, like Stutz, so matter-of-factly reproduces buildings or furniture of classical modernism clearly works with the recognition value of things. People are completely absent from his pictures, but their design objects and architectures are staged all the more precisely.
In this way, the buildings become representatives of the clear, reduced formal language of the international style that emerged at the Bauhaus at the beginning of the last century. Stutz then presents its characteristics: the flat roofs, the generous windows or window walls, and the supporting chrome columns, which are the hallmark of Mies van der Rohe's skeletal architecture.
(Excerpt text by Aloisia Föllmer)

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Category: Contemporary Art

Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg

"In every picture there are all the pictures that you have made before," says Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg, because all the previous stages of development, including mistakes and aberrations, have also entered as experiences into the current clarification process that the three exhibitions document. In each of the new paintings, these previous stages of development still resonate: not immediately visible on the surface, but as a subtle quality, like overtones. Perhaps this relationship may be imagined literally as the multiple underlaying of the visible color fields with other, often complementary colors that is characteristic of Wallenstål-Schoenberg's paintings. Beneath the powerful, painterly colors of the surface there are always several layers of other colors: a secret, subterranean resonance chamber that gives the surface depth and radiance, even though it only appears directly at the edges (and makes it somewhat difficult to decide whether or to what extent it is the interference between center and edge, or the refraction of the color surface through the background, that produces such an astonishing effect).

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Category: Contemporary Art

Helge Leiberg

"In the movement of man he seeks man, he seeks himself." Writes Dr. Dietrich Mahlow to Helge Leiberg in the exhibition catalog "Between Jump & Fall" in 1999 and indeed the 1954 in Dresden-Loschwitz born artist Helge Leiberg dedicates his work to the expression and immediacy of the human body. Both his ink drawings and canvas works and his bronze sculptures appear as artfully curved characters, which through their form and dynamics reveal something about the simultaneous perfection and vulnerability of our existence.
Gestural lines form characteristic figures that wind around each other, in wild dances, always in motion, at the same time given over to the ecstatic in their search for self and knowledge of the world. Helge Leiberg gives the choreography of human life an intensity of color and form that seems inexhaustible in its variations.

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Die Galerie Filser & Gräf zeigt in ihrem Programm junge zeitgenössische Kunst des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts.

Die Galerie arbeitet vorwiegend mit jungen und etablierten nationalen wie internationalen Künstlern direkt und in Kooperationen zusammen.

Es werden jährlich sechs bis sieben kuratierte Ausstellungen mit Positionen der Malerei, Collage, Fotografie, Skulptur sowie Neue Medien präsentiert.

Die Arbeiten werden in Einzel-und Gruppenausstellungen in den Räumen der Galerie sowie auf Kunstmessen präsentiert.

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