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Marc Straus is pleased to present a solo show by Ulf Puder\, on view from October 10 until November 11\, 2012.

Ulf Puder ( b. 1958) and Neo Rauch graduated in 1990 from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig as a Meisterschüler of Prof. Bernhard Heisig. They have influenced an important generation of artists and for Puder his work is central to many of the leading Leipzig painters such as Matthias Weische r and today he is especially important to younger artists in Eastern and Ce ntral Europe.

His masterly paintings of architectural structur es are devoid of human life and hover between abstraction and representatio n. Puder places chaos and quietude side by side. Symbols of human creation\ , industrialization and desolation are rendered in extreme perspectives\, i n front of dimly hued skies. Puder's scenes induce a sense of calm disorder \, or animated stillness\, perplexing and haunting as they appear to the be holder.

Floss der Medusa (2012) is a raft built from roofs\, an gled walls\, cantilevers and sloping handrails that are piled up triangular ly in front of a somber horizon. A member of the Neue Leipziger Schule\, Pu der gained international acclaim for adding an experimental surrealism to E ast-German Neo-Realism. In this large-scale work\, architectural modules ar e about to collapse\, alluding to turmoil and despair in society. Motif and title both set the link to the iconic The Raft of the Medusa by French pai nter Théodore Géricault\, which depicts the conversion from men into cannib als due to the basic human instinct to survive. Puder's works pose question s to our society and its relationship with the past.

Ulf Puder is represented by Galerie Jochen Hempel in Germany. He has had numerous int ernational solo shows and is part of major public and private collections. Most significantly\, Puder was included in After the Wall\, an exhibit show n at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (1999)\, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berl in and the Museum Ludwig in Budapest (2000).

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