Frank Mädler constructs images intuitively from the contemplation and distillation of contemporary landscape. He employs extensive areas of color, exploits the grain, and intervenes in the development process to incite an atmosphere of doubt, illusion, and beauty.
After the auora highlights three distinct bodies of work influenced by Frank Mädler's time in Peru: Loop, Tape, and Colorfields. Mädler was awarded the De Al Lado residency in Lima, Peru in 2016. During his time there, he was inspired by the tropical colors, minimal forms, and local materials. Mädler experiments in the darkroom with camera-less photography using vibrant light and colour to allude to the Peruvian landscape. His skillful use of minimal elements and distinctive gestures creates 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