Stefan Gunnesch is a book designer and collage artist based in Leipzig, Germany.
He studied Communication Design and is working since then in the field of book art, editorial design and illustration — with a great passion for typography and collage artworks.
Interview with Stefan Gunnesch
Hi Stefan, can you introduce yourself? tell us a little about your biography, where you come from and what you do.
I’m a book designer and collage artist based in Leipzig, Germany.
I’ve studied Communication Design and I’m working since then in the field of book art, editorial design and illustration — with a great passion for typography and collage artworks. Since 2009 I have led my own studio ›Bildschriftlich‹ — focused on book design. Since 2011 I’m teaching in the department of book art at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle.
I’m publishing own hand-bound artist’s books in limited editions. My works are part of national and international collections in museums and art libraries.
How would you define your work and your style as a visual artist?
Most subjects in my works are personal. My illustrations and collages are often determined by a figurative motif that dissolves in the progress of working — sometimes modified to complete abstraction. My works often consist of various layers — in form and content — with a subtle message. I combine analogue with digital techniques and try to explore limits of the chosen medium. An artwork can be finished as a single sheet, a leporello, a book, a series of books, something in between or acomplete different medium. Whatever it might become in the end, the used materials and the haptic quality of the finished work are quite important for me.
Can you describe your work process?
My work is characterised by a conceptual starting point as well as an intuitive approach. I mostly work at different artworks simultaneously and the work process often becomes substance of the subject as well. My collages and illustrations are often an intermediate step to another artwork or lead to a new starting point. Since the last years the artist book has become my favourite medium. Besides my images I mostly work with own texts in my books. The book is always a fantastic way to give my own artworks the appropriate conditions: I can create a kind of exhibition situation in a closed, intimate space and at the same time I can open my works to the public as a synthesis of art.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration in fashion, popular culture, architecture, literature, materials and personal experiences/memories.
NOTES & STORIES
each notebook is a unique, hand-bound and printed book