Max Gärtner is a man with seriously good cutting skills. And an amazing talent for line work. He draws the heads of bears, tigers, birds, wolves and humans with an incredible intricacy. The Berlin based illustrator transforms hundreds of pencil-drawn lines into interwoven, floating stencils and then pins the result onto backing boards. Drawing inspiration from the original masters of line work – Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, Gärtner is concentrated on rendering elegant forms from flat lines.
Currently showing an exhibition at BC Gallery in Berlin titled “No Lie In Fire“, Gärtner pays tribute to animals that have either metaphorical or subliminal importance to him. Trying to close the gap between the ‘supernatural’ and ‘natural’ world, the artist embarks on journeys through the woods and takes note of different animal forms that influence him while there. He says:
There are encounters in life, which are accompanied by an incredible force and which, once experienced, leave you convinced of their significance as messages from a higher universal power. [No Lie In Fire] is an exhibition of portraits of some of the creatures I have encountered and who have influenced the course of my life on a fundamental level. I do not know how else to describe it, other than encounters with extremely old souls, which I would like to identity here, free from any religious connotations, as gods. (Source)
Because of his obsession with, and respect for the natural world, Gärtner has garnered himself a reputation as ‘an explorer among artists’. He is continually interested in the role that the creatures around us play, and how they influence us. To him, reality and dreams are one and the same. His exhibition runs from Nov 14 – Dec 27. Watch the trailer for the show after the jump.