Bräuer Jörg

Jörg Bräuer studied at the school of Photography and Printing in Munich, and holds a Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), New York University. He has lived and worked in Munich, London, New York, Lisbon and Barcelona. He now resides in Brussels, in the Sablon arts district, and works from his countryside atelier in the South- West of France. There, he pursues his poetic and aesthetic quest, focusing on landscapes, architecture and still lifes with a pictorial quality that exposes the finer details with great depth and contrast, revealing the restrained beauty that inhabits the unknown and magical world around us. In his series “The Edge of Silence”, the chromatic variety and graphic purity of the impressive falaises in Normandy border on abstraction. With “Conversations in Silence”, he recreates his subtle and understated dialogue with the gardens, trees and sculptures of the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, during his long residency. His series “Asperity” explores the rough, unrefined landscapes of Iceland and the connection with nature’s most essential elements: minerals, water, ice, fire, light and wood. With the series “Ceps – The Rooting of Time”, his photographic ferrotype plates are using the old collodion process, reveal the visible face of time. Finally, his “Monoliths”, each engraved with quotations about time, conceal a fragile prose that merges with the surface of the wood to offer a texture of time.

Selected awards and honours include: 2014 Graphis: Gold Award for 100 Best in Photography; 2010 Paris Photography Prize (Px3); 2010 Photo District News Awards, New York.

It is from 2007 that he devotes himself completely to photography. Retiring in a remote house in the island of Mallorca, he spends two years taking pictures of the landscapes and the sea. A book, “Mallorca, the nature of things” and a series of photographs – some of which are exhibited at Spazio Nobile – are the result of this full communion with the place and the sublimation of its minerality. Based from 2009 in Brussels, he pursues his technical and aesthetic quest, focusing on architecture, landscape and still life photography with a pictural quality that exposes finer details with great depth and contrast, revealing the restrained beauty that inhabits the unknown and magical world around us.

This approach is illustrated by his last series, a selection of which is exposed at Spazio Nobile: in “The Edge of Silence”, the chromatic variety and graphic purity of the impressive falaises in Normandy border on abstraction. With “Conversations in Silence”, Jörg Bräuer renders his subtle and understated dialogue with the gardens, the trees and the sculptures of the Vaux-le-Vicomte castle, during a long residency in 2013-2014. Lastly, the series “Asperity” explores the rough, unrefined landscapes of Iceland and the connection to nature’s most essential elements: minerals, water, ice, fire, light and wood. Here, the photographer takes the plunge and becomes a painter. By employing layers of ink, emulsion and oil on the cotton paper, wood mounted photographs , he evokes the true reliefs and asperities found in nature, as revealed with his monumental triptych “Silent Path n°1”, on show at Spazio Nobile.