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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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NINO MIER GALLERY | Caves and Gardens

Nino Mier Gallery is pleased to present Michael Bauer's third exhibition of paintings in Los Angeles. Bauer's paintings emphasize the non-linearity and multiplicity of thought and time, while also stressing the process of painting, which is a playful and sometimes tunnel-vision inducing activity.

About the Exhibition

Michael Bauer’s paintings employ a vast amount of mark making from illustrative to gestural, abstract to realistic, recalling the expressive lines of modernists like Arshile Gorky and Joan Miró. The current series of landscapes are full of fauvist color. The scenes are romantic; roaming hills, streams and lakes fill Bauer's canvases. His imagery represents the layering of one’s thoughts at any specific moment in time and resonate with playful energy and spontaneous movement. Bauer emphasizes the non-linearity and multiplicity of thought and time, while also stressing the process of painting, which is a playful and sometimes tunnel-vision inducing activity. When these references appear, Bauer doesn’t focus on romanticizing the memories but instead uses them to create artificiality.

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Speaking to fellow artist Stefanie Popp, Michael once defined his method of painting as "Unaufgeregte Extase or unagitated ecstasy" to which Stefanie replied,

"Isn’t that what yogis call Samadhi? A state of bliss that can be obtained
not by fleeing the chaos surrounding us
but rather by setting our gaze inward in the thick of it,
diving into our own darkness, open hearted,

profoundly connected to the myriads of beings and things,
but untouched in our deepest core by the waves and percussions
and repercussions they emit.

I can’t find a color that is not in these paintings
(bundle them all together and you’ll probably get a perfect white),
their fluorescent sensuality shouting EUPHORIA!!
while the surrounding sludge is muttering tranquilito, tranquilito -
the scenes they put into shape together dissolving into something between battle and embrace."

Courtesy of the artist and Nino Mier Gallery

About the Artist: Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer (Erklelenz, Germany, b. 1973) studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Braunschweig, Germany and is included in the following selected collections including, Deutsche Bank AG, London, UK, Dallas Cowboys Collection, Texas, US, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin, DE
Neufert Stiftung mit Sitz in Weimar, Cologne, DE, Saatchi Collection, London, UK, Sammlung Boros, Berlin, DE, Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, DE, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK. Past exhibitions include Villa Merkel in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany (2011); Anthem, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2009); Stadtische Galerie, Delmenhorst, Germany (2007); and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2007). Other exhibitions include Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013); Lisa Cooley, New York (2012); Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (2011); Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin (2011); Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (2007); and HOTEL, London (2006, 2009). He holds a degree from the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig, Germany. A monograph on Bauer's work, "Borwasser," was published by JRP Ringier Press (2008), and includes an essay by Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of Frieze magazine.

Exhibition Artwork

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Michael Bauer
Gold dog, Red Cave and Seaweed,, 2020
60 x 73 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Ether Cave, Green Woman and Moon, 2020
60 x 73 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier
Michael Bauer
White Moon & Victory Garden, 2020
71 1/2 x 61 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Twin Brother, Goldmoon & Lake, 2020
60 1/2 x 73 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Green Valley and Uncle, 2020
67 x 86 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Gray Woman, Red Moon, 2020
39 x 59 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Ether Cave and Three Aunts, 2020
75 x 72 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Victory Garden and Aunts, 2020
61 x 73 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Red Cave and Sculpture, 2020
60 1/2 x 73 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery
Michael Bauer
Gold Moon & Victory Garden,, 2020
71 x 60 1/2 in
Oil, crayon, pastel and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist & Nino Mier Gallery