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John Bauer EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Chernobyl
John Bauer
Chernobyl

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

236.2 x 198.1 cm
Merging the authentic signifiers of abstraction, the reproducibility of pop, and the graphic starkness of design, John Bauer’s canvases set up planes where visual language is refracted, confused, and reconstructed into disjointed, antagonistic compositions. Beginning each painting with a low-tech computer drawing, Bauer develops his work through a complicated process incorporating hands-off painting techniques such as stenciling, silk-screening and spraying that translate digitized graphics towards sublime fields of painterly abstraction. The concentration of his replicated gestures aggregate as veneers of suggestive descriptions, as if condensing multiple film frames into one overall composition. Alluding to external environment as much as internal psychological state, Bauer uses the monochromatic palette associated with photography and the pixilated effect of print media to heighten the sense of virtuality and information overload. His images exude a frenetic, apocalyptic energy reflective of urban experience.
My Dreams Were Lit Like Pornography and in Them I Fucked Girls Made of Cardboard
John Bauer
My Dreams Were Lit Like Pornography and in Them I Fucked Girls Made of Cardboard

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

195.6 x 213.4 cm
Facial
John Bauer
Facial

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

208.3 x 177.8 cm
A Six-Foot-by-Four Foot Painting of a Naked Lady
John Bauer
A Six-Foot-by-Four Foot Painting of a Naked Lady

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

249 x 203.2 cm
Black Flag
John Bauer
Black Flag

2007

Oil and enamel on linen

238.8 x 375.9 cm (diptych)
Taking its title from the punk band Black Flag – whose graphics were designed by contemporary artist Raymond Pettibone – Bauer’s painting draws association to a subcultural mythology that merges the dark aesthetics of the 70s hardcore scene with the numbing allure of pop. Executed with a limited palette of gloss and matte blacks and metallic silvers, Bauer’s paintings possess an imposing elegance, their flat decal-like surfaces are coded within the glamour of industrial design and the holographic sheen of futurism. Through Bauer’s densely overlapped patterns, translucent layers, and emotive distance, the impersonal characteristics of digitized imagery and his detached processes of working gain a unique subjectivity infusing the seamless and generic with a contemplative aura of personal negotiation. Made in 2007, Black Flag’s apocalyptic composition contains a ghostly shape of the US map, evoking revolutionary protest against the Bush regime; its degraded print-media references expanding beyond Warhol’s Disasters to a new mesmerizingly chilling plateau.

John Bauer's BIOGRAPHY

John Bauer
Born in 1971, San Diego, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Patricia Low Contemporary. “Sleight of Hand.” Geneva, Switzerland.

2009
Galleri S.E. Bergen, Norway.
Galleri Van Bau. Vestfossen, Norway.

2008
Maruani & Noirhomme. Knokke, Belgium.
Patricia Low Contemporary. Solo presentation. Art Brussels. Brussels,
Belgium.

2007
Patricia Low Contemporary. “White Out.” Gstaad, Switzerland.
Bellwether. New York.

2003
Bellwether. “Free-Floating Anxiety.” Brooklyn, New York.

1998
Clementine Gallery. “New Oils.” New York.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Patricia Low Contemporary. 5th Anniversary Exhibition.Geneva,
Switzerland.

2009
Saatchi Gallery. The Triumph of Painting Part III: Abstract America. New Art
from the US. London, UK.

2005
Canada. New York’s Finest. New York.

2004
Jessica Murray Projects. Grotto II.Brooklyn, New York.
Bellwether. Hello Chelsea. New York.

2003
Cynthia Broan Gallery. Recession 2003, $99 show. New York. Curated by
Tim Thyzel.
Jeff Bailey Gallery. Launched.New York.

2002
Space Untitled. Proper Villains.New Haven, CT. Curated by David Hunt.
Bellwether. End of the Rainbow. Brooklyn, New York.
Jessica Murray Projects. Grotto.Brooklyn, New York.
Daniel Silverstein Gallery. The Accelerated Grimace. New York. Curated by
David Hunt.
Ten in One Gallery. Building Anxiety. New York.

2001
Bellwether. John Bauer and Diana Puntar. Brooklyn, New York.

2000
Bellwether. flat file. Brooklyn, New York.

1998
Deutsche Bank Lobby Gallery. Winterland. New York. Curated by Liz
Christensen.
Clementine Gallery. Summer Bonanza. New York.
De Chiara/Stewart Gallery. The Art Exchange Show. New York.