Frank Mädler photographs are made intuitively. The construction of the image is the result of contemplation and distillation of the contemporary landscape. With great skill, he makes use of extensive areas of colour, exploitation of the grain, deliberate loss of focus, and intervention in the development process to incite an atmosphere of doubt, illusion, and beauty.
After the aurora highlights the bodies of work influenced by the Peruvian journey: Colorfields, Loop, and Tape. After Frank Mädler participated in the residency De Al Lado in Lima, Peru in 2016, the tropical colours, minimal forms, and local materials influenced his work. Mädler experiments with photograms using light and colour to allude to a landscape. With vibrancy, Mädler uses minimal elements and gestures to create playful and sophisticated compositions.
"I am not interested in depicting a landscape. I use the real landscape to create a picture. The picture is the goal. No beauty of an area should resonate in the picture, no information should be conveyed. The picture should only be picture. When beauty emerges, it should only be the beauty of the picture"
- Frank Mädler
Using the analogue process, Mädler concentrates on the essentials, colours and surfaces.
"I have been working on landscapes for years. A subject in the visual arts which, at first glance, does not seem contemporary. But that's not the case.
I was intrigued by the idea of creating pictures on my own, regardless of reality and circumstance. Everything I saw before and everything I know is taken into account.
Instead of using a negative, with all its information and details that I don't need, I use colored foils to produce landscape images" - Frank Mädler