"Blair Witch Project" or the fairy tale forest of the brothers Grimm - the forest remains an anarchic island amidst civilization. Place for the mysterious and foreboding. Simultaneously refuge from noise of urban routine and canvas for one's mental state.
In the first joint exhibition of the graduates Sebastian Nebe (*1982, HGB Leipzig) and Claas Gutsche (*1982, Royal College London) such a place develops far from established romantic perceptions at Galerie Wagner + Partner.
The large-scale paintings in oil on paper by Sebastian Nebe show scraggy sections of forest and relics of civilization. In their dimensions the works convey a feeling of standing in the forest, though without orientation. Graphically exaggerated, the arrangements are unsettling. As already in his installation "Die Schwarze Hütte" (The Black Hut), exhibited in the gallery of the HGB Leipzig in 2009, Nebe designs a disquieting reality of the forest, a faintly illuminated twilight zone.
Claas Gutsche also turns his eye to the border region between civilization and nature. His series "suburbia" are sombre linoleum and woodcuts that make the unsettling nature of this no man's land palpable. Under the surface of idyllic places hide bygone and mysterious things. This metaphorical charge continues in his bronze objects. Barren branches here, lost or forgotten objects there, a bracelet, a bird's nest - all these elements permeate and transform the gallery space.
Embedded in a gesamtkunstwerk the works of both artists Claas Gutsche and Sebastian Nebe tell each their own mysterious stories and together turn the gallery into "The Nightingale's Secret Garden".