Stefan Guggisberg »w.t. (Form)« 2013, oil on paper, 50 x 40 cm
In the works by Stefan Guggisberg the rather incomprehensible can be seen. The very thing that cannot be grasped with one or another term, whereas the term of the «incomprehensible» is trying to find a term outside of the picture for exactly that. But the metaphor of the incomprehensible is not imposed on us because Guggisberg's realm of images slides or shifts into abstraction or because it is non-figurative or non-representational. We can indeed see things that evoke memories, as apparent in the small-sized series «Entfernung zur Sonne» («Distance to the Sun»): a board here, a fire-like yet deep blue whirl there, a door, a glass, textiles lying around - all that appearing in spaces materialized with regard to perspective and with partly clear outlines, i.e. in rooms or some kind of landscape.
The viewers enter into the scenery which can be both stories and possible dreams or nightmares: something happens, something happened, something could happen - that's what we're told by our feelings without being able to specify whatever took/is taking place. As exact-vague and unable to locate the spaces are, as unidentifiable are the stories. In this way the pictures are very narrative - only to instantly abscond the narrative again. They seem illustrative, however, the text that could have led us to the pictures here is lost beyond retrieval. Because there is no text. There is only a picture. And the picture remains silent. Text: Konrad Tobler
Stefan Guggisberg (*1980 Thun, Switzerland) studied at the Acadamy of Visual Arts in Leipzig with Christopher Muller and Timm Rautert as well as student of the master class of Neo Rauch. He lives and works in Leipzig.