Peter Madden at IMA@Surfers

We will be presenting New Zealand collage artist Peter Madden at our Gold Coast popup gallery, IMA@Surfers, at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise. Opening on Sunday 11 September 2011, the show is the third in a series of four solo shows by prominent artists; the others being by Damiano Bertoli (past), Rodney Glick (now showing), and Justene Williams (upcoming).

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA@Surfers in Fortitude Valley precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Sunday 11 September 2011 to Wednesday 05 October 2011

The Last City image Sleeps with Moths image

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Drawing much of their imagery from old issues of National Geographic, Madden’s surrealistic pictures, objects, and installations have a watchmaker level of detail and intensity. They have been described as ‘microcosms’ and ‘intricate kingdoms thick with flying forms’. A creator of metaphor-rich other-worlds, Madden has one foot in the vanitas still-life tradition and other in new-age spirituality.

On the one hand, he is death-obsessed: a master of morbid decoupage: skulls, moths, and butterflies—symbols of transient life—abound. On the other hand, with his flocks, schools, and swarms of quivering animal energy, Madden revels in biodiversity. His works manage to be at once morbid and abundant, rotting and blooming, creepy and fey.

Madden describes himself as a ‘sculptographer’ and as a ‘post-conceptual photographer’. He mines National Geographic as though hunting for minerals. ‘I suppose I am an altogether different collagist, maybe a collagist of difference’, says Madden. ‘Like an unlicensed eye surgeon, I cut along an edge of possibilities ever so carefully.’

Art critic Tessa Laird wrote, ‘not since van Gogh lopped off his ear has an artist’s knife been put to such good use’.

Peter Madden is represented by Ryan Renshaw, Brisbane, and Ivan Anthony, Auckland.

An artist talk on Thursday 8 September by Peter Madden is free and the community is encouraged to attend at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Gold Coast in Visual Arts Building G14.