“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
Südwest consists of large, abstract photographs of familiar landscapes. The works are enigmatic, with little evidence of human engagement or narrative potential. At 4' x 6', the photographs are large but decidedly minimal, and include very little visual information relating the images to the scenes depicted. Like much of Mädler's work, these ambiguous compositions call attention to the relationship between the passage of time and its visual representation.
Leipzig-based artist Frank Mädler’s photographic style explores a heightened degree of "abstract reality.” His often large scale, monochromatic compositions play with concepts of distance, monumentality and illusion, frequently incorporating minimalist strategies. Through several bodies of work Mädler has created a sense of timeless abstraction. Mädler challenges contemporary society's overabundance of digitized images with bodies of work that are small and distilled from hundreds of images. The sublime effects and mysterious atmosphere characteristic of his work reveals the subtle influence of experimental photographer Astrid Klein, who Mädler studied with during his MFA at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.