In previous years, Marc Bauer has made a great impression with his drawings. For his second solo exhibition 'Avondland' at Deweer Gallery, the Swiss artist also explores painting. He relies on iconography and the light used in 16th, 17th century paintings from southern and northern Europe.
As a child of a German father an Italian mother, Marc Bauer carries both cultures. He positions himself somewhere in between, almost literally, as he also lives in Switzerland. You can expect references to Italian masters such as Caravaggio, but also references to masters from the Northern and Southern Netherlands like Pieter Brueghel the Elder/the Younger and Melchior d’Hondecoeter.
‘Avondland’ refers geographically to the continent of Europe, but the title can also be interpreted more broadly. It also suggests the Western view of the world and Western culture influenced by exotic motives and melancholy.