Jordan/Seydoux—Drawings & Prints is pleased to present the solo exhibition Ma / in between, featuring works on paper spanning the last two decades of Berlin artist Frank Badur’s storied career. Alongside the exhibition, the gallery has collaborated with the artist in producing three new editions of prints. Ma / in between will run from March 8th to April 20th, with an opening on the 8th with the artist in attendance.
Badur’s practice hinges on the Japanese concept of ma, a notion of space that finds no adequate analogue in classical Western thought. Rather, ma encompasses the physicality of space, space experienced and space as subject to time. Employed aesthetically, it speaks to the worked form’s relationship to its unworked context—the silence between notes, the white on a canvas, the breath between words. A work as a whole is necessarily the product of these presences and absences as they come together to create a sort of perceptual balance. How does one navigate themselves in space? Over time? Badur’s work is characterized by such an attention to compositional rhythm and Ma / in between charts this evolving sensitivity throughout the artist’s career.
Frank Badur was born in 1944 in Oranienburg, a town near Berlin, where he later received his education at the Universität der Künste. Presently, he divides his time between Berlin and rural Finland. In his way of working as in his way of living, he aims to suss out the harmonious resonance between ostensibly opposite elements, be they urban and rural living, line and field, or natural order and creative autonomy. His compositions bring the latter two supposed oppositions into play not to neutralize or reconcile them, but rather, through their contrasts, to imbue them with an active presence that plays out as much on the canvas as it does in the mind of the viewer. Badur’s bands of color, as they stretch across their fields, do not fight with their backgrounds; they activate each other. Notions of figure and ground are complicated not to the point of total sensory destabilization, but to that point so slightly removed from equilibrium where perceptive engagement—breathing, warm-blooded—flourishes.
Badur’s prolific output has been exhibited widely across Europe, the United States and Asia. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York, and participation in numerous other exhibitions including those at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and, more recently, London’s Centre for Recent Drawing and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.
The editions of works published by the gallery reflect Badur’s recent works on paper, each piece is printed in various tints of black. Through an innovative combination of computer scanning and etching they present a range of shades from deep black through subtle gradations of gray. The size of the prints is 60 x 50 cm, vertically oriented, with the image measuring 34 x 28 cm. They are printed in editions of 24.