Polizei RH 59 (Police RH 59) 23 03 05, 2005
Wald (Forest) 04 07 07, 2007
Aarons Steinbruch (Aaron's stones) 02 08 05, 2005
Strand (Beach) 18 10 08, 2008
5 23 07 05, 2005
Strauch (Bush) 02 11 05, 2005
Meer (Sea) 18 10 08, 2008
Asturien (Asturias) 05 05, 2005
Pfarrhaus ohne Pfarrer (Vicarage without vicar) 31 12 07, 2007
CSG - Bad (CSG - bathroom) 29 10 05, 2005
Flugzeug (Airplane) 14 06 06, 2006
Infiesto 14 08 05, 2005
Aaron 30 05 06, 2006
Landschaft mit Baum (Landscape with tree) 09, 2009
Wolken im Hof (Clouds in the backyard) 20 02 07, 2007
Conga de Onis 08 06 05, 2005
Donau (Danube) 01 08 06, 2006
Kleine Wolke (Small cloud) 30 09 11, 2011
Stein (Stone) 15 07 05, 2005
Wolken 1 (Clouds 1) 13 06 06, 2006
Ribadesella La Terazza Bar 23 06 05, 2005
Marshall Law 24 03 05, 2005
Hot Wheels 01 11 05, 2005
Frau im Rock (Women in skirt) 08, 2008
St. Williams 3 24 03 05, 2005
Pflanzen (Plants) 10 08 05, 2005
Im Gasherd (In the gas stove) 10 08 06, 2006
X - 12 06 06, 2006
Tisch 2 Bänke Fito (Table 2 benches Fito) 22 07 05, 2005
Aaron 13 10 05, 2005
Garten bei Regen (Garden in the Rain) 01 09 04, 2004
Obst (Fruits) 04, 2004
Kicker Im Atelier VM (Foosball table in the studio) 04, 2004
Hannah in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006
Stern im Eis (Star in the ice) 09 01 06, 2006
Lisa liest (Lisa reads) 18 03 06, 2006
Ding von der Tomate 2 (Tomato thing 2) 04, 2004
Zoo - Fisch (Zoo - fish) 23 09 05, 2005
Zelten am See II (Camping at the lake II) 00, 2000
Lena in Leipzig 10 02 06, 2006
A und L und Schneemann (A and L and snowman)  13 01 03, 2003
FEZ 15 04 06, 2006
Gallusberg Baum 1 (Tree at Gallusberg) 01 08 06, 2006
Rosa auf Eis (Rosa on ice) 02 01 11, 2011
Jane Corkin 08, 2008

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.