Exhibition Dates: February 12 - April 5, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist:
February 12, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 pm
"Madoz lives in a mirror and sees the world head upside down, and backwards”
- Duane Michals, Photographer
The Spanish-born photographer Chema Madoz is self-taught, and perhaps it is for this personal, rather than conventional training, that he has been comfortable to follow his own vision, rather than flow with the currents in contemporary practice. Madoz continues to dedicate himself to his own way of seeing; he collects found objects that he repurposes, and plays with to invent new realities. These everyday objects elevate beyond their banality to become poetic, symbolic, and surreal compositions. One could say that Madoz is a visual poet who blurs the line between belief and reality or defies the laws of physics and realism.
Works are playful and profound, at times they seem to jab at age-old questions, like the chicken or the egg debate. In one image we find the head of an ostrich sunk into a proportionally oversized egg. This work inspires both thought and a bit of laughter. Other images feature a giant butterfly becoming a bird, or a music partition as venetian blinds. The photographer also presents new hybrid works, where he creates compositions around eye drawings, which are reminiscent of scientific boards and engage a surrealistic approach.
For more information on the exhbition, please visit Galerie Esther Woerdehoff.