Michael Bauer

Born 1973, Germany.

Michael Bauer is originally from Erkelenz Bauer studied at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig. Notable solo exhibitions include K-Hole (Frogs), Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar (2011); Marquis Dance Hall, Istanbul (2010); Anthem, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2009); and Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn (2007). Bauer is the subject of a substantial JRP Ringier monograph published in 2008, entitled Borwasser, and with a lead essay by Jennifer Higgie and an interview with Stefanie Popp. Bauer now lives and works in New York.

Bauer is an emerging European artist who successfully applies the medium of painting in a fresh direction and beautifully combines abstraction and figuration. His paintings often feature coding systems, colour-coded punctuation and an extraordinary range of mark-making. He builds rich amalgams of fascinating personal detritus, carefully selected recollections of historical trivia and personal anecdotes. Bauer’s recent body of work features flags of lesser-known countries that he was not familiar with.  Bauer believes flags feature so much invented history and therefore fit well as prominent elements in his compositions. Most of Bauer’s paintings are fundamentally portraits of memories.

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