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SELECTED WORKS BY Michael Bauer

Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)
Michael Bauer
Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)

2005

oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm
Reminiscent of the bizarre anthropomorphic portraits of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Michael Bauer’s work creates figurative composites from abstraction and design. In Pol 1 (Smart Estrus), a male profile appears as a grotesque and distorted conglomeration of doodled elements. Grey and muddy forms entangle as abject viscera: lumpy scar tissue, withering penises, and slithery dead matter converge as psychological landscape, and forlorn memento mori. Framed by a decorative vignette, Bauer balances the obscene with the precious, creating a fragile seduction within his barbarous image. Subtitled Smart Estrus, Bauer’s painting suggests lurid plots of patriarchal power and noble lineage.
Pol 4 (Senor Mousse)
Michael Bauer
Pol 4 (Senor Mousse)

2005

oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm
Michael Bauer offers deformity as a platform for unequivocal beauty. In Pol 4 (Senor Mousse), Bauer uses the qualities of abstract painting as a deviation of representational portraiture, allowing the media to replicate the characteristics of physical matter. Traces of recognisable features, such as eyes and hands give uneasy relation to celiac smears, scabby encrustations, and fluid brush marks, each rendered with a pristine delicacy. Offset by harlequin ornamentation and elegant touches of primavera colour, Bauer’s reductive palette creates an antiquarian reverence, setting his absurd conception as an icon of protracted contemplation.
L.O.R.D.S. 4000
Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 4000

2006

oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
L.O.R.D.S. 3000
Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 3000

2006

oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
Dixie Supreme
Michael Bauer
Dixie Supreme

2005

oil on canvas

150 x 130 cm
Bad Harvest
Michael Bauer
Bad Harvest

2008

Oil on canvas

160 x 130 cm
Freund 2 - English
Michael Bauer
Freund 2 - English

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms
Freund 1 - Deutsch
Michael Bauer
Freund 1 - Deutsch

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms

Michael Bauer's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1973, Erkelenz, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
K-Hole, Villa Merkel, Essling, Germany
Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York
Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin

2010
Euro Savage, with Charlie Hammond, Linn Luhn, Cologne
Golden Gong, with Stefanie Popp, Marquis Dance Hall, Istanbul

2009
Anthem, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
Legion Picknick, HOTEL, London
Michael Bauer/Stephanie Popp, Artleib, Düsseldorf

2007
French Meat, Belgian Meat, Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Basho's Friends, Jack Hanley, San Francisco
Basho's Bar, Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn
The Pack, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst

2006
The Winnipeg Whore, HOTEL, London
Oldithek für Assos Gold, maxim, Cologne

2005
DAS KABINETT, Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

2004
Die Tone Meiner Flote, Galerie Hammelehle Und Ahrens Cologne


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Rearrange Your Face, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

2010
Die Nase des Michelangelo, Marktgasse House , Zurich
PPP-Public Private Paintings, curated by Phillip van den Bossche, Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium
Rive Gauche, Rive Droite, Paris with David Noonan, Steve Clayden, Marc Jancou, Paris
Ademeit, a film by Michael Bauer and Marcus Werner Hed, screened at White Columns, New York

2009
Die Andere Seite, Kai10, Düsseldorf
Featuring II, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
When The mood strikes, Museum DD, Deurle
Shapeshifter, Aicon Gallery, London

2008
Summer Show, Schloss Bartenstein, Germany
7 Types of Ambiguity, Store Gallery, London
Yilmaz House Band in Concert, Montgomery, Berlin
5000 Jahre Moderne Kunst, Painting, Smoking Eating, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
Germania, Saatchi Gallery, London

2007
Ballet Mecanique curated by Emma Dexter, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Bonjour Monsieur Ensor, Gmür, Berlin
Prague Biennale 3, cur. Helena Kontova, Giancarlo Politi, Prague
Radiant City, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Faster, Bigger, Better!, ZKM Karlsruhe curated by Gregor Jansen,Andreas F., Anne Daeuper, Yvonne Ziegler
Anne Daeuper, Yvonne Ziegler
Die anderen Bilder - Outsider und Verwandte aus der Sammlung Hartmut
Neumann, Galerie Münsterland, Emsdetten / Kloser Bentlage, Rheine, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne
Gallery Swap HOTEL/ Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Duet", Lehmann Maupin, New York, curated by Sylvia Chivaratanod
Accidental Painting, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York

2006
Wir sind hier wegen der Pommes aus Holland oder Kunstwille aus Holland, Möma,
Mönchengladbach
Die anderen Bilder: Outsider und Verwandtes aus der Sammlung Neumann,Museum der Stadt Ratingen
Michael Bauer and Steffie Popp, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam
Figure-Five Position, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

2005
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (with Lutz Braun, Jan Koch, Susa Reinhardt, Stefan Rinck, Astrid Sourkova)

2004
Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (with Stef Driesen und Chris Brodahl)
Screamers, Brotherslasher, Cologne
Whiteboy, Autocenter Berlin (with Tim Berresheim und Stefanie Popp)
Ganz oben, Brotherslasher, Cologne

2003
Keiner ist besser oder eventuell besser, Brotherslasher, Cologne

2002
Das Leben ist ein Albtraum.., Galerie Nomadenoase Hamburg (with Tim Berresheim)
Brotherslasher, with Tim Berresheim und Jonathan Meese, Brotherslasher Cologne

2001
When we were kings, Kunstverein Heinsberg (with Andreas Gehlen, Daniel Janik and Jo Dickreiter)
SUPERSCHLOSS, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (G, Cat.)

2000
Make my paper sound – Klasse Walther Dahn, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig

1999
Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (cat.)
Exhibitions at Brotherslasher, Cologne (Directors Michael Bauer and Tim Berresheim)