At first glance, the works gathered in this exhibition seem to have nothing in common: different techniques, materials, approaches. However, if you get closer and more involved in the work of Nora Mona Bach, Linda Grüneberg, Johannes Nagel, Hanna Sass and Ulrike Zabel, unexpected connections suddenly become apparent.
First of all: Almost all of the exhibited works are due to the purchase of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg. Furthermore, all participating artists studied at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.
What connects them even more is that they have found “their” material, which they are committed to, and which is the basis for their artistic field of experimentation and work.
They are traditional techniques - drawing, printmaking, ceramics - but we encounter them in unexpected and, above all, unusual ways. The visual language is unique, which can be deduced from the individual technical approaches, which, with complete self-understanding, do not seek any reference to tradition. They go their own, directed and purposeful ways. They work disciplined and intensively on pieces of art in their respective ways. Thus, the artists initiate a “next season”, a new phase of artistic debate. Means such as charcoal, colored pencil and paper, which are otherwise used for sketches, create works with artistic self-claims. Ceramic materials such as clay and porcelain, which immediately make us think of craftsmanship, are used for independent sculptural works that detach themselves from all our experiences and ideas. The works, as different as they might seem, allow us a special approach to those who created them. The deeper you get into it, the more inscrutable the how becomes and the abundance of associations creates new spaces of thought.
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Nora Mona Bach (* 1988 in Chemnitz) studied at Burg Giebichenstein in the graphics class with Thomas Rug. After a stay abroad in Syria, she continued her studies in the advanced class of painting / graphics. She has been a doctoral candidate at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2018. Bach was awarded many scholarships, and her works have been shown in numerous national solo exhibitions.
Linda Grüneberg (* 1984 in Löbau) studied sculpture at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and painting / graphics at the "Burg" in Halle. In addition to participating in group and solo exhibitions, Grüneberg has received grants from the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung.
Johannes Nagel (* 1979 in Jena) completed his pottery training in Canada, then studied ceramics at the “Burg” in Halle. In addition to scholarships, the artist has received national and international prizes. His works are in collections in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. He also exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
After Hanna Sass (* 1985 in Berlin) completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter, she studied at the Burg Giebichenstein in the graphics class with Thomas Rug. She has already won prizes, has been selected for numerous scholarships and has participated in many national solo and group exhibitions.
Ulrike Zabel (* 1988 in Köthen) also completed the graphics class at the "Burg" with Thomas Rug. She took part in numerous solo and group exhibitions, received scholarships from the state of Saxony-Anhalt and prizes such as the Nordhäuser Graphics Prize. Her work is already represented in national collections.