Polizei RH 59 (Police RH 59) 23 03 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Polizei RH 59 (Police RH 59) 23 03 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Wald (Forest) 04 07 07, 2007

Mädler, Frank

Wald (Forest) 04 07 07, 2007

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Aarons Steinbruch (Aaron's stones) 02 08 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Aarons Steinbruch (Aaron's stones) 02 08 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Strand (Beach) 18 10 08, 2008

Mädler, Frank

Strand (Beach) 18 10 08, 2008

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

5 23 07 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

5 23 07 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Strauch (Bush) 02 11 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Strauch (Bush) 02 11 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Meer (Sea) 18 10 08, 2008

Mädler, Frank

Meer (Sea) 18 10 08, 2008

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Asturien (Asturias) 05 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Asturien (Asturias) 05 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Pfarrhaus ohne Pfarrer (Vicarage without vicar) 31 12 07, 2007

Mädler, Frank

Pfarrhaus ohne Pfarrer (Vicarage without vicar) 31 12 07, 2007

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

CSG - Bad (CSG - bathroom) 29 10 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

CSG - Bad (CSG - bathroom) 29 10 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Flugzeug (Airplane) 14 06 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Flugzeug (Airplane) 14 06 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Infiesto 14 08 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Infiesto 14 08 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Aaron 30 05 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Aaron 30 05 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Mädler, Frank

Ahrenshoop 24 07 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Landschaft mit Baum (Landscape with tree) 09, 2009

Mädler, Frank

Landschaft mit Baum (Landscape with tree) 09, 2009

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Wolken im Hof (Clouds in the backyard) 20 02 07, 2007

Mädler, Frank

Wolken im Hof (Clouds in the backyard) 20 02 07, 2007

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Conga de Onis 08 06 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Conga de Onis 08 06 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Donau (Danube) 01 08 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Donau (Danube) 01 08 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Kleine Wolke (Small cloud) 30 09 11, 2011

Mädler, Frank

Kleine Wolke (Small cloud) 30 09 11, 2011

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Stein (Stone) 15 07 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Stein (Stone) 15 07 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Wolken 1 (Clouds 1) 13 06 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Wolken 1 (Clouds 1) 13 06 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Ribadesella La Terazza Bar 23 06 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Ribadesella La Terazza Bar 23 06 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Marshall Law 24 03 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Marshall Law 24 03 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Mädler, Frank

Brown 1873-1963 13 07 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Hot Wheels 01 11 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Hot Wheels 01 11 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Frau im Rock (Women in skirt) 08, 2008

Mädler, Frank

Frau im Rock (Women in skirt) 08, 2008

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

St. Williams 3 24 03 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

St. Williams 3 24 03 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Pflanzen (Plants) 10 08 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Pflanzen (Plants) 10 08 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Im Gasherd (In the gas stove) 10 08 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Im Gasherd (In the gas stove) 10 08 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

X - 12 06 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

X - 12 06 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Tisch 2 Bänke Fito (Table 2 benches Fito) 22 07 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Tisch 2 Bänke Fito (Table 2 benches Fito) 22 07 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Aaron 13 10 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Aaron 13 10 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Garten bei Regen (Garden in the Rain) 01 09 04, 2004

Mädler, Frank

Garten bei Regen (Garden in the rain) 01 09 04, 2004

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Obst (Fruits) 04, 2004

Mädler, Frank

Obst (Fruits) 04, 2004

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Kicker Im Atelier VM (Foosball table in the studio) 04, 2004

Mädler, Frank

Kicker Im Atelier VM (Foosball table in the studio) 04, 2004

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Hannah in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Hannah in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Stern im Eis (Star in the ice) 09 01 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Stern im Eis (Star in the ice) 09 01 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame 

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Lisa liest (Lisa reads) 18 03 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Lisa liest (Lisa reads) 18 03 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Ding von der Tomate 2 (Tomato thing 2) 04, 2004

Mädler, Frank

Ding von der Tomate 2 (Tomato thing 2) 04, 2004

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Zoo - Fisch (Zoo - fish) 23 09 05, 2005

Mädler, Frank

Zoo - Fisch (Zoo - fish) 23 09 05, 2005

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Zelten am See II (Camping at the lake II) 00, 2000

Mädler, Frank

Zelten am See II (Camping at the lake II) 00, 2000

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Lena in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Lena in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

A und L und Schneemann (A and L and snowman)  13 01 03, 2003

Mädler, Frank

A und L und Schneemann (A and L and snowman)  13 01 03, 2003

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

FEZ 15 04 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

FEZ 15 04 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Gallusberg Baum 1 (Tree at Gallusberg) 01 08 06, 2006

Mädler, Frank

Gallusberg Baum 1 (Tree at Gallusberg) 01 08 06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Mädler, Frank

Kopal, Tür - Berlin 01.07.06, 2006

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Rosa auf Eis (Rosa on ice) 02 01 11, 2011

Mädler, Frank

Rosa auf Eis (Rosa on ice) 02 01 11, 2011

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Jane Corkin 08, 2008

Mädler, Frank

Jane Corkin 08, 2008

polaroid in artist fabricated tile frame

8.6 x 8.6 in. (22 x 22 cm) framed

Mädler, Frank

Kopal, 2007

installation at Corkin Gallery

Mädler, Frank

Kopal, 2007

installation at Corkin Gallery

Mädler, Frank

Kopal, 2007

installation at Corkin Gallery

Mädler, Frank

Kopal, 2007

installation at Corkin Gallery

Frank Mädler
Kopal, 1996 - 2012 (formally known as 126 Polaroid)

 

I use the word  “polaroid” as a synonym for an instantaneous image.  I view the instantaneous image as the ultimate photograph.

 

For many years I have been making photographs with different Polaroid cameras and the Polaroid images kept amassing.  At one point I decided to start a selection process where I would place an exposed Polaroid image somewhere within my sight in the apartment, the car, or the studio.  I would leave it for a period of time and then would decide whether or not to keep the image as part of a collection.  At irregular intervals, I would sift through the box and the whole procedure would repeat itself.  The images here constitute the focus of the current project and they came to life without a unifying concept or an overarching idea, but strictly out of my desire to photograph, and not out of a desire to stay true to a theme, which I didn’t have anyway. 

 

It is a refreshing diversion – this appropriation or even adoption of one’s own pictures. All in all there came to be 500 photographs in this series.  To be able to manage them and to create some order, I began cataloguing the images. The established tentative order comprises the following areas: things, vehicles and boats, garden, home, landscape, people, places, plants, portrait, sand-beach-stones, animals, walls and pictures, living spaces. It’s not about what touches me in my surroundings, it’s about the content of my surroundings. 

 

This is neither a diary nor a collection of different impressions – it is rather a sampling, a round- up of my surroundings. The artwork is grounded in the medium itself.

 

Working within the realm of abstract realism, Frank Mädler juxtaposes color, space,
and sense of time in his compositions to blur the lines of reality and illusion. His experimentation with traditional technique conjures an ethereal quality to his work that is both alluring and hauntingly beautiful.  Professor and critic Katharina Menzel wrote, “…his pictures arouse emotions without veering into pathos… He strives to concentrate on something ‘essential’ … and produces an atmosphere that makes the world outside the camera’s frame appear irrelevant to the spectator.” 

 

Mädler has been written about by several German curators, scholars and critics, including Martina Padberg (2007), Tanja Dückers (2003, 2006), Charlotte Gutmann (2006), Lily Koshitavshvili (2006), Maximillian Keller (2006), and Katharina Menzel (2003).

Born in Torgelow, Germany in 1963, Frank Mädler studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany under the direction of renowned photographer, Astrid Klein.  In 2004, he won a scholarship to the German Academy in Rome at the Villa Massimo, an esteemed German prize for a visual artist.  In 2007, Mädler graduated with his Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany where he lives and works today.  His work hangs in public and private collections, including the American Bank Collection, the Antoine de Galbert Foundation in Paris, the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regenburg, Germany and Altana Kulturforum in Sinclair Haus in Bad Hamburg, Germany. In 2016, the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden, Germany will exhibit Mädler’s work.