Menil Drawing Institute, Houston Wall Drawing Series: Marc Bauer
This commissioned wall drawing is the fifth installment in the series that began in 2018 as part of the Menil Drawing Institute’s commitment to seeking new approaches to the form and language of drawing.
September 22 till Fall 2024
Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona DISAPEAR HERE Group exhibition, curated by Rolando Bassetti
Till August 20
12.12.2022Musée des Moulages, installation
Musée des Moulages
Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, France
June 3–November 30, 2022
Musée des Moulages was an installation that resulted from a collaboration between art historian Sophie Delpeux and artist Marc Bauer. It was a site specific work made for le Musée des Moulages (the museum of wax mouldings) of the Hôpital Saint-Louis that ran from June 3 to November 30, 2022.
The installation was based on the frequent exchanges Sophie and Marc had during the COVID 19 pandemic starting in November 2020.
The museum of wax mouldings at the Hôpital Saint-Louis was opened during an international symposium of dermatology in 1889. It is one of the most important dermatological mouldings collections in Europe. The museum shows 4.800 wax models, preserved in their original display cases. This museum was used for instruction, but also to the promotion of the French school of dermatology, whose origin, as well as its prominence, are linked to the Hôpital Saint-Louis.
Through the different interventions in the space like exchanging some of the official doctor portraits for the portraits of patients, or a large drawing depicting the absent doctors of the symposium of 1889 intermixed with portraits of patients, Delpeux and Bauer underline and disrupt the balance of power between doctors and their patients.
A sound piece based on the text by Sophie Delpeux Soigner l’Image (to be published) connects the history of the Musée des Moulages and the French history of dermatology to express this complex power structure where patients have been made invisible and reduced to their pathology.
The installation aims to care for the wax moulds, the use of gauze in the display cases is a bandage that lessens the violence of their sight and indicates the violence that the patients endured.
Sophie Delpeux is doctor of art history, a former resident of the Villa Medici (2005–2006) and a lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Her work focuses on the body, its uses in art, the body-mind links and the uses of representation to transcribe these experiences. She has published Le corps-caméra (Textuel), numerous articles on performative practices (by Marina Abramovic, VALIE EXPORT, Otto Mühl, Dennis Oppenheim, Gina Pane, Carolee Schneemann, Chris Burden...).
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Musée des Moulages, an installation by Sophie Delpeux and Marc Bauer. Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, 2022. Photos by Marc Domage
30.09.2022Congo Biennale, Kinshasa
Le Souffle des Ancêtres, curated by Armelle Dakouo and Fahamu Pecou
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
September 16–October 23, 2022
Resilience is a collaborative project with Scaly Kep’na, gay activist and founder of the LGBTQI+ association Jeunialissime in Kinshasa.
Marc organized workshops, conversations and interviews with the young queer people that visit the location of the association in the period from March to September 2022.
Learning from these young people and gather testimonies to eventually communicate the experience of this community is the fundament of this project. Marc discussed how sexual identities develop in the African context that is openly homophobic, transphobic, what difficulties young people in the Congo encounter and what their dreams and aspirations are.
With the resulting material, Marc created a large wall drawing that retraces the different narratives, confronts and engages the viewer with this controversial topic in the DRC.
The aim of this work is to articulate these issues in art and give publicity and recognition to the gay association.
The work hopes to give young queer people a voice and visibility.
Il n’y a pas d’ancêtre bienveillants pour nous, Il n’y a rien.
Nous n’avons pas leur témoignage,
Nous ne connaissons pas leur vie,
Nous ne saurons jamais, Ils ont été effacés. Ils se sont forcés à être autres,
A être comme vous,
C’est ce que vous exigez de nous.
Pour nous, l’histoire commence maintenant. C’est nous qui l’écrivons.
There are no benevolent ancestors for us, there is nothing.
We do not have their testimony,
We do not know their lives,
We will never know, They have been erased. They forced themselves to be other,
To be like you,
That's what you demand of us.
For us, the story begins now. We are writing it.
The Default Brain, solo exhibition.
September 2–October 14, 2022
Marc shows only new works in all the spaces of Galerie Peter Kilchmann.
The exhibition starts with large scale wall drawings on which oil and charcoal drawings are installed and continues with works on paper and oil on canvas.
The different rooms of the gallery are united by a soundscape by Thomas Kuratli / Pyrit.
For The Default Brain Marc investigates the function of the brain called default mode network (DMN). This mode occurs when our brain is not focusing on any specific task, drifts off and starts daydreaming. The mode creates an uncontrolled flow of free associations and random thoughts… the brain is mind-wandering.
The default mode network is the antithesis to the stress of efficiency. It allows us to be truly creative, empathic and reconnect with ourselves on a subconscious level.
The works in this show might reflect these daydream moments or encourage mind-wandering.
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Installation view of The Default Brain exhibition, Marc Bauer at Galerie Peter Kilchmann, 2022. Photo Sebastian Schaub
01.06.2022Gilda Lavia, Rome
The Truce, solo exhibition.
May 21–July 30, 2022
Marc's first solo exhibition at Gilda Lavia gallery revolves around the body and its vulnerability. Presenting a series of new works created for the exhibition, Marc reflects on what are the strategies to protect the body, using symbolic elements of the past such as armour, the images we engrave on them and which have the role of talismans, and again to the symbolic images that we draw on our skin, images that will protect us, that will drive away the enemies and give us power.
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Boy and the Damned, 2022, pencil and pastel on paper, cm 106 x 145. Photo Giorgio Benni
11.05.2022Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Davor · Darin · Danach - Die Sammlung im Wandel, group exhibition.
May 15–August 7, 2022
The collection of the Aargauer Kunsthaus is growing steadily and today consists of over 20,000 pieces of Swiss art dating from the 18th century to the present day. The exhibition Davor · Darin · Danach offers glimpses into this extensive public collection of Swiss art and encourages encounters and new discoveries. www.aargauerkunsthaus.ch
Marc Bauer, Sphinx, 1931, 1935 / 1947, 2014, charcoal on wall
For the victims of the war in Ukraine, Cazul101 initiated the Stop War project.
Cazul101 invited Nikita Kadan, Dan Perjovschi, Marc Bauer, SABA (Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu), Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Adriana Preda, Vitaly Bespalov, Ștefan Sava and Ciprian Mureșan to take part in this project in order to raise money for Ukrainians affected by this war.
Each artist reinterpreted the “Stop War” message in their own manner, the resulting artworks are available for sale starting April 14th. The total amount raised will be donated to a humanitarian organisation that helps war victims in Ukraine.
If you’re interested to acquire one or more pieces by these wonderful artists write an email to Robert Bajenaru of Cazul101.
Click here on the image below to see some impressions of the trip.
Click on the image to see some impressions of the trip
24.09.2021Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp
Second Wind 2021, solo exhibition
23 October–27 December, 2021
The title of the exhibition is ambiguous in many ways. In first instance, Second Wind clearly refers to the recurrent motive of the athlete pausing to catch his breath. In the face of enduring exertion, athletes can suddenly experience a new burst of energy just when it feels they had spent it all. Instantly the exhaustion is swept away, like a faint memory and the race seems to begin anew.
The title also refers to finding new energy on a more existential level. Bauer refers to the global pandemic, where we have paused and started again and again. We have been confronted with ourselves while our patience was pushed to the limits.
Every time however, we found a second, third and fourth wind in the face of a second, third and fourth wave.
Exhaustion; Lust, 2021. Charcoal on canvas mounted on Dibond, 200 cm x 155 cm. Oil painting on canvas, 70 cm x 50 cm
15.07.2021Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Los locos años veinte, group exhibition
May 7–September 19, 2021
The 1920s were a decade of both progression and backlash. A catastrophic World War followed by a pandemic with remarkable parallels to the current coronavirus crisis awakened people’s thirst for life. At no time in the 20th century was the desire for change more intense. The exhibition places movements such as Bauhaus, Dada, and New Objectivity, as well as design and architecture icons in dialogue, revealing the formal diversity that characterised those transformative years.
The result is an illustrative spectrum of some 300 works divided into narrative chapters. Invited contemporary artists who explicitly engage with the formal language and themes of the 1920s bridge the gap to the present day
The exhibition is a cooperation between Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Kunsthaus Zürich, curators: Cathérine Hug and Petra Joos
Audio guide to Marc's work The Snake on the Ground / Mnemosyne in Spanish
The Snake on the Ground / Mnemosyne, 2020. Installation,
3 paintings, oil on canvas, 130 x 90 cm on wall drawing (charcoal and pastel)
13.07.2021Publication, FRAC Auvergne
White Violence – on domination, displacement and populism. This monographic catalogue/artist book includes the work cycle Mal-Ȇtre / Performance. The work in this cycle started in 2018 and was shown at Drawing Room, London, extended in the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea and ended at the FRAC Auvergne in 2021 with the exhibition L’État de la mer (Lame de fond, 2011-2020).
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16.04.2021FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
The exhibition in the is still closed because of the pandemic but now you can visit the exhibition in virtual reality.The experience is specially made for mobile phone. Click here to enter the show
17.03.2021FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
L’État de la mer (Lame de fond, 2011-2020), solo exhibition
March 3–June 13, 2021
Marc’s exhibition at FRAC Auvergne closes a cycle of 3 exhibitions that began in the Drawing Room, London (2018) and came to the FRAC via a second stop in De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. L’État de la mer continues the reflection on the interpretation of historical events. Starting point for this project was an image that appeared on June 12, 2018 in the newspaper Le Parisien. It showed the Aquarius ship rescuing migrants from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Using this photo as a starting point, Marc undertook extensive research, scouring art history in search of shipwrecks and maritime dramas, establishing links between then and now to point to contemporary violence by highlighting it through its historical precedents
The book White Violence was published by FRAC Auvergne on the occasion of this exhibition and encapsulates the three exhibitions that Marc produced from 2018 to 2021.
White Violence: an Index of Torture, charcoal on canvas, 2,80 m x 10,60 m, 2021. Installation view Frac Auvergne, photo Ludovic Combe
24.02.2021Publication, Berlinische Galerie and Distanz Verlag
The publication The Blow-Up Regime delves deeper in the different subjects and themes of the exhibition with the same name that was show in the Berlinische Galerie from September 9, 2020–August 16,2021.
It contains next to all the works in the exhibition a conversation between Marc Bauer and Sibylle Berg, interviews with internet pioneer Alan Emtage and AI authority Luca Maria Gambardella. Thomas Kuratli / Pyrit, who composed the soundscape for the exhibition, shares an email from lockdown in Paris.
Guido Faßbender wrote an extensive essay about this installation and work of Marc Bauer. Thomas Köhler wrote an introduction of this show and the work of Marc.
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22.02.2021Soundscape by Thomas Kuratli/Pyrit
Pyrit composed the soundscape that accompanies Marc’s exhibition The Blow-Up Regime. The soundscape fills the spaces of the Berlinische Galerie and seems to move from work to work. Echoes of memories coming from the walls appear to make the works of the exhibition breath with slow deep breaths.
Drawn from his love of electronica, dark wave and kraut, Pyrit creates songs and soundscapes of a futuristic world. Desires, questions and anxiety melted together into one musical entity, into Pyrit’s own cosmos – a unique, experimental, electronic and dark Populärmusik.
16.02.2021Website of exhibition The Blow-Up Regime now online
The Blow-Up Regime, Marc's solo exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie has a dedicated website.
It is now online, with music from Pyrit. With information about the cooperation with author Sibylle Berg and internet pioneer Alan Emtage and much more.
The Blow-Up Regime solo exhibition
September 9, 2020–August 16,2021
The subject of this exhibition is the history and current impact of the Internet. Marc sketches the portrait of a society that is in a state of upheaval due to digitalisation and accelerated technical progress.
After a wide-ranging research into the history of the Internet, from the first computers to the present day, the central theme surfaced: how the omnipresent digitalisation influences our perception of reality, the individual and society.
This resulted in new, suggestive narratives composed of historical events and fictional elements.
For The Blow-Up Regime Marc Bauer developed a multimedia concept for the first large exhibition hall of the Berlinische Galerie. The exhibition is an interplay of room-high, monumental wall drawings, supplemented by a soundtrack, drawings on paper pinned to the wall, and digitised drawings on e-paper displays distributed throughout the room.
Alongside the exhibition a book is published that delves deeper in the different subjects and and themes of the exhibition.
The publication The Blow-Up Regime is available at Distanz Verlag and at the Berlinische Galerie book store.
More information, installation views and photos of the works can be seen on the dedicated website of the exhibition www.blow-up.org.
The Blow-Up Regime, Parade, color pen and pencil on paper, 42 cm × 30 cm, 2020
28.09.2020Presentation film, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
The prestigious national prize honors personalities from the worlds of art and architecture as well as criticism, curation, and research whose work is of particular relevance and importance for contemporary art and architecture in Switzerland and beyond.
Drawing is not only the primary medium of Marc Bauer, it is also the message. Sketch-like or hatched passages, subtle chiaroscuro, stark black and white contrasts form imagery which appears and hints at history. Imagery which follows the medium’s ambivalence: precision in the formal realisation and the circling of the imaginary. This is what makes for the specific quality of the work of Marc Bauer.
One of the most recognised Swiss artists, Marc Bauer has been creating socially and politically engaged art for more than twenty years now. He appropriates contemporary history and focuses on its dramas and excesses, in order to challenge the resulting ideology of power and human behaviours. Marc Bauer addresses these issues by creating fragmentary narrative threads in which the gaps remind us that memory is invariably selective. The artist combines personal and collective history and develops powerful narratives in which the text engages in a dialogue with the figures. Murals, animations, prints or graphite compositions applied to walls: the art of Marc Bauer is a theatre laid bare, in which mankind presents itself in its most terrifying and profound form.
The film is made by Ramòn Giger, interview by Florine Leoni Münger, music by Kilchhofer
03.07.2020Prix Meret Oppenheim 2020
Interview on SRF (Swiss radio and television) on the occasion of Marc winning the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2020. Additional text in German and images on the site of SRF.
Untitled, Boy with Rabbit, pencil on paper, 2007
05.06.2020Istituto Svizzero, Milan
Mi piace • Commenta • Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure, solo exhibition. Istituto Svizzero, Milano.
From February 14 to March 21, 2020 Reopened from June 4 to July 24, 2020
Mi piace • Commenta • Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure, solo exhibition
February 2–July 14, 2020
‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ are social media’s capital, today’s capital. One simple click is enough to express one’s own approval and, with a few words, one can spread his own opinion or discord. Our smartphone’s glossy surfaces act as transmitters by keeping us connected with our followers.
For his exhibition Mi piace • Commenta • Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure, Marc Bauer traces the mechanisms and rhetorical devices employed by digital communication, at a time when the world’s politics is sometimes handled on Twitter through ‘aggressive’ capital letters and where cat videos and hate speech content are spread through the same digital waves.
The works—created specifically for the exhibition in Milan (drawings, a sound installation, and a large site-specific mural)—take their cue from Marc Bauer’s study of Matteo Salvini’s Twitter communication, Interior Minister of the Italian government until September 2019. The artist’s drawings, often in black and white and sometimes in colour, also include images of cats, in particular the Gattini con Salvini, which, according to the Lega‘s party leader, are supposed to eat the Sardine, a movement born recently and against the right-wing populism. So, cats and fish. But also, dogs and wolves: the dog from the popular Italian comic book Dylan Dog or the wolf from the online magazine Il Populista. And above these, in a large mural, lie the disquieting winged creatures of an etching by Francisco de Goya.
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Installation view of Mi piace • Commenta • Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure, 2020, Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo Giulio Boem
The Architect, short animation film, 28 minutes, 2012.
The Architect is an animated silent movie, from an original script, by Marc Bauer. The music is specially composed and performed by the French band Kafka.
The movie opens with quotes from the film Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des grauens (1922) by F. W. Murnau. Then moves to Berlin 1922 where at the premiere of Nosferatu, a boy frightened by the images, in a state of terror, has a vision about his future; The boy and his alter ego experience the Second World War and its consequences. The epilogue, shows F.W. Murnau in 1931 driving away from Hollywood, crashing his car on the way to Santa Barbara. Just before the car crashes, Murnau too, has a vision about the future. He sees WWII precisely how it happened. The vision of the boy is a poetic version of the events, Murnau’s vision, although in the colourful ’New World’, is the dark reality of what happened.
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25.01.2020De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea
Mal Être / Performance, solo exhibition
February 1, 2020–January 3, 2021
Marc Bauer’s Mal Être / Performance is a new body of work commissioned jointly by Drawing Room and De La Warr Pavilion and is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.
Bauer’s chosen medium is drawing which he uses here to make small and large scale works on paper, a wall drawing and an animation. Mal-Ȇtre / Performance features the motif of people on boats throughout history, from ancient Greece to contemporary media footage. All of the works are drawn in graphite, and images range from those inspired by fifteenth-century Catholic ex-voto paintings, to Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, up to Aquarius, the boat that rescued migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018. Using the slow and cumulative process of drawing and erasing, Bauer’s project brings the past into the present in his investigation of humanity.
03.12.2019GASAG Kunstpreis 2020
Marc is the recipient of the GASAG Art Prize 2020.
The prize was awarded by a jury consisting of Julian Charrière, Andreas Fiedler, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Dr Thomas Köhler and Dr Stefanie Heckmann, Berlinische Galerie, Dr Christina Landbrecht, Schering-Stiftung, Birgit Rieger, Tagesspiegel and Dr Julia Wallner, Georg Kolbe Museum.
The prize includes a solo exhibition in the Berlinische Galerie.
October 2019Interview with Marc
Mal Ȇtre / Performance by Marc Bauer explores the motif of people on boats throughout history, from ancient Greece to contemporary media footage of the migrant crisis. The exhibition is on show at Drawing Room in London until 17 November, then travels to De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea (1 February – 10 May) and FRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand (summer 2020). Here, Sara Jaspan speaks to the Berlin-based artist about the themes and concerns behind the show.
Mal Ȇtre / Performance, solo exhibition
September 12–November 17, 2019
The exhibitionMal Ȇtre / Performance, Marc's first solo exhibition in a British institution, features the motif of people on boats and migrating throughout history. From ancient Greece to contemporary media footage. All of the works are drawn in graphite, and images range from those inspired by fifteenth century Catholic ex-voto paintings, to Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, up to Aquarius, the boat that rescued migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018. Using the slow and cumulative process of drawing and erasing, Bauer’s project brings the past into the present in his investigation of humanity.
This new installation of drawings is an attempt to understand the relationship between images, to see what impact they have on our perception of reality, and how they condition our way of thinking and define our identities.
The first part of the exhibition title, Mal Ȇtre, roughly translates from the French to ‘being in a bad way’. This condition unites images of people in transit across seas today and in the distant past. Mal Ȇtre also refers to a sense of unease the viewer may experience when viewing these images, with Performance referring to the various roles we adopt.
Marc Bauer describes drawing as 'a way for me and the viewer, to comprehend reality in all its complexity – subjectively, politically, symbolically - and show how history, memory and shifting power structures shade the present.'
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Installation view of Mal-Ȇtre / Performance, Drawing Room, London. Photo Eva Herzog
August 2019Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich
United by AIDS – An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS, group Exhibition
August 31–November 11, 2019
The comprehensive group exhibition explores the multi-faceted and multi-layered connections between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present.
Not only the blurred boundaries of art production and activism in relation to HIV/AIDS are addressed, but also artists who continue to define this discourse today. On display will be positions that demonstrate the diversity of (artistic) approaches to the HIV virus and AIDS. One focus is on works that deal with themes such as isolation, transformation, temporality and transience with regard to the politics of the body and representation. Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy in the second half of the 1990s, AIDS is often described as a condition from the past and seems to have become less significant in our current view of society. However, nearly 1 million people worldwide continue to die each year as a result of AIDS. In four chapters, the exhibition attempts to unfold the complexity of the various narratives surrounding HIV/AIDS and discuss the fragility of these stories from a contemporary perspective.
Marc Showed in this exhibition a large work titled AAAARGH!!! Do you see my rage!... A Recollection of Desire and Annihilation. A work about the representation and mediatization of the AIDS crisis in the 1990s.
The installation reflects Marc as a teenager discovering sexuality and identity. For him, as a young gay man in the 90s, it was impossible to find positive representation of gay men and gay culture. In popular culture, the homosexual was the deviant, the murderer, the other, and ended up dying a horrible death.
charcoal and color chalk on wall, oil painting and pencil on coated aluminium (Dibond), detail, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann
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United by AIDS – An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS. Installation view at Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich. 2019. Photo Stefan Altenburger
August 2019SRF Radio Interview
Radio interview with Marc in French on the occasion of the exhibition United by AIDS – An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS in the Migros Museum, Zurich from August 31–November 11, 2019
July 2019Gilda Lavia, Rome
Affecting, group exhibition
July 1–September 27, 2019
with Marc Bauer, Gabriella Ciancimino and Oscar Giaconi.
At the gates of Pontivy, in the hamlet of Sainte-Tréphine, stands a chapel dedicated to a young girl who was beheaded in the 6th century by her husband, the tyrant Conomor.
In the chapel this history is told in eight medallions painted in 1706 by the Le Corre family of Pontivy on the vault's paneling.
The statues of Saint Trephine, beheaded, and Saint Louis frame the altarpiece in the choir.
In this setting Marc made a wall filling wall drawing in charcoal.
Auto fictions – Contemporary drawing, group exhibition
November 17, 2018–February 24, 2019.
In times of digitalization and social media, drawing is interestingly once again increasingly becoming the focus of contemporary artists. This may not be a coincidence, as the medium is generally regarded as the most direct form of artistic expression. With its intimate appeal, its narrative and subjective research potential, the drawing gesture exerts a fascination that seems more topical than ever.
Les Trépassés, wall drawing, charcoal on wall, 4,70m x 16,40m, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann. Photo Joachim Werkmeister.
October 2018Timeline Cleanser
Series of drawings, detail, 2018
Series of drawings, detail, 2018
October 2018Folkwang Museum, Essen
Der Sammler - Nachbilder, 2014. Wall drawing, charcoal and pastel on wall, 500 x 600 cm. Photo Studio Marc Bauer
October 201821st Biennale of Sydney, 2018
SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, group exhibition
Artistic Director: Mami Kataoka
March 16–June 11, 2018
At the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Bauer presents a commissioned installation featuring Arsenal, Shipyard, Brest, Brittany, France, 2018, a site-specific wall drawing, alongside A Brief History of Emancipation, 2018, a series of works on paper, and Diary, Madam F.C., 2017, sixty pieces of hand-made faience.
Bauer’s installation is inspired by interviews conducted in Quimper and Brest, two towns located in Brittany, France. Bauer spoke to women who worked at a naval shipyard, a fish processing plant, and a ceramics factory and painting atelier, from 1960 to 1990; places of employment where the workforce was largely dominated by men.
The ceramic installation relates a fictional narrative about a woman who worked in a shipyard in Brest – a location well known for the construction of French Army warships. Bauer has hand-painted the pots, plates and other ceramic objects with monochromatic images and text that reveal intimate vignettes of everyday domesticity. The accompanying works on paper and site-specific wall drawing provide context derived from the lives of the women Bauer interviewed; articulating their struggle for emancipation and better working conditions.
Bauer uses found images as a starting point for drawings realised as site-specific installations that combine works on paper with illustrations rendered directly onto the walls of the gallery space. While Bauer may take inspiration from a photograph of a historical event, a film still, or an image found on the internet, his drawings are not an exact replication or facsimile. Rather than duplicating a photograph, Bauer instead develops it into something else. Drawing from memory, he creates a world complete with fictional characters and narratives, embedding them in a familiar representation; allowing the viewer to witness an alternative existence through the subjective lens of his own experience.
Text by the Biennale of Sydney