JAN 19 – MAR 3, 2018
Opening: January 19, 2018 | 6–9 p.m.
An essential constituent in Adrian Sauer's work is the conception of photography in the digital age in regard to materiality, culture, and purpose.
His works are designated by a unique and idiosyncratic appearance oscillating between hyperrealism and simultaneously an apparently unreal surface. Sauer's vantage point is always the permeation of phenomena in our visual and material culture. He herewith uses very precisely the different possibilities of image-making for the respective object of his photographic interest.
In the 'Thrombo ASS' series Adrian Sauer outlines the idea of universal mass production and its generic ramifications while shedding light on one fragment of the globalized world. Formally reduced and only slightly enlarged the packages against a neutral background appear like 'floating shells' – quasi-individualized objects with identical content.
Being physically present and at the same time lucid, held intentionally between matter-of-fact and slight exaggeration 'Thrombo ASS' serves equally as a system of mirroring and projection. Questions of 'original' and 'originality' are subordinated by the concern of the preservation of the human body, which obviously serves as a connecting element. In doing so Adrian Sauer manages to subtly reconnect to this essential human experience in the age of the digital Anthropocene.
Adrian Sauer was born in Berlin 1976, Germany. Adrian Sauer has studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, DE. He was Meisterschüler in the class of Timm Rautert and lives and works in Leipzig. Adrian Sauer’s work has been exhibited in the past years widely at institutions across Germany and abroad. Most recently his work was part of Farewell Photography, Biennale for contemporary photography, 2017 at the Wilhelm- Hack Museum, in Ludwigshafen at Rhein. Moreover, he was participated in the traveling group exhibition, The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, in ADAM, Art and Design Atomium Museum Brussels, BE, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, DE, Tel Aviv Museum of Art IL and Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, DE. Forthcoming this year Adrian Sauer will be exhibited at the Pasquart Photoforum, Biel/Bienne, CH (s), as well as at the group exhibition Short Story(s) of Photography at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, DE.
Works of Adrian Sauer are part of various renowned institutional and private collections like the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the Collection of the State of Saxony in Dresden, the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, the DZ Bank in Frankfurt am Main and abroad the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Zabludowicz Art Trust in London (UK), the Collection Majerus, Luxembourg, the Collection Banco Espirito Santo in Lisbon (Portugal) and the Collection Banco de Espana in Madrid (Spain).
Over the last years Adrian Sauer has received various stipends and scholarships, for example in 2013 the Casa Baldi stipend of the Germany Academy / Villa Massimo in Rome, Italy as well as several working stipends in Germany as by the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung, Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop or Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf.