Mädler presents ‘without cynicism’ the appearance of things, not denouncing or lecturing, and his pictures arouse emotions without veering into pathos… He strives to concentrate on something ‘essential in his pictures … and produces an atmosphere that makes the world outside the camera’s frame appear irrelevant to the spectator.’ - Katharina Menzel
Capturing monochromatic stretches of the natural world – vast tracts of ocean, sky or golden fields, Frank Mädler’s images are devoid of any locating markers. His experimentation with traditional technique conjures an ethereal, mirage-like quality to his work that is both alluring and haunting. Landscapes appear as flattened, almost two dimensional studies in colour and pattern. These ambiguous and abstract compositions play with concepts of distance, monumentality, and illusion. Born in the German Democratic Republic and confined to the Eastern Bloc until his mid-twenties, Mädler creates work informed by his experience of containment, capturing anonymous places from a removed viewpoint. His images are confined within the parameters of his camera’s lens but suggest limitlessness: that which is ordinary becomes infinite, sublime and timeless within his frame.