Selected works by John Bauer

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.
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
John Bauer
Facial

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

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

2006

Oil and enamel on linen

249 x 203.2 cm
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.


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JOHN BAUER EXHIBITIONS AND PAINTINGS SAATCHI GALLERY


John Bauer will tread a thin beauty and discord. Content of his repeated gestures combined as veneers referring to the description, as if condensing multiple film images into a single overall composition. Without reference to the external environment as much as internal psychological state, Bauer uses monochromatic palette associated with photography and the pixilated effect on the print media to heighten Sense of Virtuality and information overload. His images are full of frenetic, apocalyptic energy reflective urban experiences.
Despite the intense vivacity Bauer’s fabrics are piercingly harsh one. Was carried out only in a palette-gloss and matt black and metallic silver, Bauer’s paintings have introduced the elegance of the flat surfaces of the label is encoded within the glamor of the industrial design and holographic shine of futurism. Bauer through a densely stacked models, translucent layers, and an emotional journey, an impersonal characteristics of digitized imagery and his detached processes work to get the unique subjectivity of infusing a seamless and generics with the contemplative aura of personal consultations. Merging real meanings of abstraction, the reproducibility of pop, and graphicness design, John Bauer’s canvases set up airplanes using the visual language of folds, confusing and should be re-fragmented, contradictory compositions. Beginning each painting is a low-technology, computer drawing, Bauer develops his work through the complex process includes hands-off painting techniques such as stenciling, silk-screening and spraying digitized graphics that turn towards the sublime picturesque areas abstraction.

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