One glance at the recent works

of Leipzig based artist Stefan Stößel is enough to help one recognize something mysteriously familiar. It is not so much the images of transport-pallets or drawings of various vegetables arranged to still-lifes that make us ponder. A closer look reveals quickly: It is the technique – no painting, but the principle of stamping and potato prints that reminds us of our childhood.

Traditionally utilized to indicate ownership claims or to reproduce writings and designs, Stößel appreciates the stamp not only for it’s formal strictness. Schematic representation meets the literally natural imprint of commodity items. Standardized principles of repetition in combination with biological shapes generate a concrete and constructive – partially amorphous art between realism and abstraction. Restrained by a sense of ascetic reduction in shape and content, his wholehearted game brings forth poetic papers charged with a quiet cheeriness. Comparable to a printing plate, the stamps that make up the foundation of his work are the utensil to transform the graphic print into a unique copy.

Stefan Stößel was born in Thuringia in 1970. Until 1998, he was student of Prof. Arno Rink at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, where he also completed the master class of Prof. Astrid Klein. Stefan Stoessel lives and works in Leipzig.

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