276, 2003
Renault, 2003
Kultivierte Landschaft II, 2003
Fisch, 2003
Iznajar, 2003
Überwiegend rot, 2003
Ein Strauch, Zwei Vögel, 2003
Gefälle, 2003
Windrad, 2003
Vögel I + II, 2003
Garten, 2003

Frank Mädler
Wege, 2003


Frank Mädler shows us that the composition of an image can reflect a specific moment in time and simultaneously be a symbolic representation of reality. Without forcing it, his prints convey the notion that a good photograph is always open to interpretation. The degree of ambivalence in the image is such that, even when you consider it from a strictly representational point of view, you can still extract multiple meanings from it.


Concrete motifs, like birds, wind mills, sheep, even cars, separate and create a balance between the two realms in which the work operates: complete abstraction and concrete representation. These artifacts are symbols of the transient and the temporal. What one can see in Mädler’s photographs is the process of compressing and stretching time.


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.