Landeinwärts, 1998 - 2000

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Vogel 68 °, 2000
Graue Landschaft, 2000
Acker, 2000
Traktor, 1998
o.T. am Wald, 1999
Kultivierte Landschaft, 2000
Barke, 2000
N II, 2000

Frank Mädler

Artist Statement

Landeinwärts

Translated from German, September 2002

 

My photographic style aims to produce images with a heightened degree of abstract reality, through the specific use of the photographic medium. Colour, texture, the relationship between focus and out-of-focus, choice of subject and picture format are some of the classic methods I employ to formulate photography in that border-realm between illustration and creative imaging.

 

I concentrate on large monochromatic areas, deliberately selected colour dominances, minimalist compositions and picture themes that are inspired by the discourses of painting. From the genre of landscape representation emerge “non-landscapes”, in which the qualities of place, situation and “real stories” are overlaid with a formal picture action that variegates between abstraction and narrative text. Distance and monumentality of landscape are represented (sometimes replaced) by the monumental moments of composition and format.

 

I work out individual images, which I then usually arrange into ensembles. The resulting correspondence through the act of creation and calculation is an integral part of my artistic endeavor.

 

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.