Frank Mädler, Im Hintergrund Wald

9 September — 21 October 2023

Since early childhood, the forest has been a place of longing for Frank Mädler, connecting the familiar with the uncanny, a place where one can get lost. However, how can the forest be artistically represented, especially in times when it is directly threatened by destruction, using formal means?
Frank Mädler employs photographic techniques such as focus and blur, but also intervenes in the photographic material through methods like overlays, additions, and scratches. His ceramic sculptures titled "Doppeltierhälften" expand the artistic exploration of the forest into the exhibition space. 

Born in Torgelow in 1963, Frank Mädler studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca. He was a master student under Astrid Klein. Since 2000, he has worked as a freelance artist in Leipzig. Frank Mädler has been honored with numerous awards, including the Villa Massimo Fellowship in Rome in 2004, the Working Grant from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony in 2007, and the artist residency Al Lado in Lima, Peru, in 2017. His works can be found in various international public and private collections, such as the American Bank Collection, Fondation Antoine de Galbert Paris, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, Kupferstichkabinett Dresden, DZ BANK Art Collection, and the State Art Collections Dresden. Frank Mädler has published several monographs and books, and his work has been discussed by various curators and critics, including Martina Padberg, Tanja Dückers, Charlotte Gutmann, Lily Koshitavshvili, Maximilian Keller, Christina Leber, Agnes Matthias, Katharina Menzel, and Insa Wilke.