JOHN BAUER, Untitled (#1308), 2016; Oil and enamel on linen; 20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Mark Moore Fine Art presents an exclusive online ARTSY exhibition from September 12 through October 8, 2017 by Los Angeles painter JOHN BAUER. Marrying digital manipulation with traditional stenciling, spraying, rolling, brushing, and printing, John Bauer revisits the intimacy of Abstract Expressionist mark-making from a mediated postmodern distance.
Fueled by the Southern California surf culture of his youth, as well as the history and contemporary practices of abstraction, John Bauer creates paintings that channel the infinite potential of both the Pacific Ocean and gestural articulation. Inspired by purists like Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko, and also postmodernists like Andy Warhol and Albert Oehlen, Bauer paints using both traditional and unconventional means. His more traditional works are generated by a process of daily interactions with his mid to large scale canvases, using brushes to build up, erase, and rework layers of gestural, exuberant marks. For his more experimental works, Bauer pulls from what he calls his “image bank” of Photoshop files. Using his computer, he crafts these images into an arrangement, which he then screen-prints in layers onto the canvas; creating works situated tantalizingly between the digital and the handmade.
While John Bauer’s canvasses, as large as 90 x 102 inches, contain hints of abstract expressionism, his creative process marries digital manipulation with traditional stenciling, spraying, rolling, brushing and printing, much of the hand work influenced by German post-war painting.
JOHN BAUER, Nautilus, 2016; Oil and enamel on linen; 57 × 45 in (144.8 × 114.3 cm)
John Bauer (b. 1971 San Diego, California) received a BA in Studio Art in 1993 from the University of California in Santa Barbara, California. Selected solo exhibitions include: Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland (2010); Galleri SE, Bergen, Norway (2009); Gallery Van Bau, Vestfossen, Norway (2009); Maruani & Noirhomme, Knokke, Belgium (2008); solo presentation Art Brussels with Patricia Low Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium (2008); Patricia Low Contemporary in Gstaad, Switzerland (2007); John Bauer at Bellwether Gallery in New York (2007); Free-Floating Anxiety at Bellwether Gallery in New York (2003); and New Oils at Clementine Gallery in New York (1998).
Selected group exhibitions include Abstract America: New Art from the US, Saatchi Gallery, London, England (2009); New York’s Finest at Canada Gallery in New York (2005); Grotto II at Jessica Murray Projects in Brooklyn (2004); and Hello Chelsea at Bellwether Gallery in New York. He is represented by Patricia Low Contemporary, Switzerland. John Bauer lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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