My artist friend Katharina Siegel who is studying at HGB Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, was very kind to take me with her to Leipzig. We left early rainy morning from Berlin. Leipzig is located 1,5 hours by train away from Berlin and used to be a part of East Germany, belonging to the Russian territory, you still can see buildings of Soviet design. After the Wall fell, many people moved away, leaving many apartments and houses empty. This fact turned out to be a perfect condition for all the artists in town, now you could occupy or rent a studio space for very low price. One of those shared apartment/studios my friend and I were heading to that very morning.
In this post I would like to show you some pictures from the studio, this gives a good idea of the spirit and the atmosphere in such space. We came for a studio visit and critique of Manuel Stehli, an oil painter, member of the same group at Leipzig HGB Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst where Katharina is studying. After a quick coffee in the kitchen, where even cups have their artistic touch, which serves also as a common meeting place, we went to the studio. Manuel was giving a talk about his works in front of the instructor and his fellow artists. The talk was in German, so this gave me some time to think about works by Manuel without getting any idea behind what the artist was describing to everyone. During this time I agreed to myself once more, that one should spend some time with any artwork alone, trying to get the deeper idea and understand the piece more. Later, when the artist has briefly explained his idea to me in English, I was very happy to find out that my understanding of his works was correct. Manuel did a great job and through his work has revealed a complex subject. I would like to let you think about his paintings and develop your own understanding. If you however would like to discuss the works with the artist, please contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org