Bäume, 2004
Boot, 2004
Feuer, 2004
Reuse, 2005
See, 2004
Welle, 2004
Weiß, 2005
Schiff, 2008
Glas, 2008
Mond, 2008
Berge, 2005

Frank Mädler

Südwest

 

“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.  

 

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.