Stefan Bauer

ARTIST STATEMENT

b 1989 in Austria. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

The more intensively I dealt with photography over the last years, the clearer and simultaneously more indefinable the act of taking images got to me; according to the sentence: The more I shoot, the less I understand.
Formerly working only analog, in a linear progression of separate projects, my work began shifting into a kind of hybrid constellation, in which several projects influence one another and in which the associative process is key. For
my actual series of pictures I was working with my own images as well as from the internet or from advertising. Even if the original in the final image is hidden or obscured due to a process of radical deconstruction, compression or other digital manipulation, it should still remain subliminal. The (de)construction or manipulation of an image does not necessarily disconnect that image from reality, moreover the images develop a new richness, are haunting monuments of a paradoxical world, with a lack of intimacy and personal traces, and reveal the artifice of image-making.
By framing subjects such as the sky, city or landscape so that nearly all narrative elements are reduced to composition or fields of color, they lose their original form and function. They become a landscape of the imagination in which I reproduce the feelings evoked by the anonymity, blandness and uniformity of the modern landscape and it‘s inherent shortcomings as well as rapid technological advancements. The search for emptiness, the aim of simplicity, spaciousness and serenity often results in an unusual and aesthetic form of minimalism and a specific balance between presence and absence.

Vita

Education
  • KUNSTAKADEMIE DÜSSELDORF | 2013 – now
  • University of Applied Sciences, SALZBURG | 2009 – 2012
  • Bachelor-Thesis I.: »Photography As A Dimension Of Painting«
  • MASTER COURSE FOR GRAPHIC AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN, LINZ | 2008 – 2009
  • Special course for qualified people to further extend and improve their already advanced skills and knowledge in graphic design and »new« media.
  • TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR GRAPHIC AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN, LINZ | 2003 – 2008
  • Five-year artistic and creative education for working as a graphic designer, completed with a final- and diploma examination. The tuition covers the creative conception, creation, designing and production of the classic print-media as well as the »new« media like film, web and interactive design or photography.
  • The major effort is the development of methodical-conceptional, artistic and creative strategies, as well as the practice-oriented application of theoretical, scientific and technical knowledge.
Exhibitions
  • BEHIND THE CURTAIN
  • Group Exhibition, 2015 Anna Klinkhammer Galerie Düsseldorf, Germany
  • PHOTO WEEKEND Group Exhibition, 2015 Galerie am Eck, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER
  • SPACE, TOGETHER
  • Group Exhibition, 2014
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • KÜNSTLERHAUS SALZBURG
  • Group Exhibition, 2012 Salzburg, Austria

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