Saturday, May 25, 2013

Peter Madden's Art

New Zealander Peter Madden's sculptural installations begin life as flat imagery, which he carefully refashions into spiralling three-dimensional objects. Gleaning images from books, magazines and encyclopaedias - National Geographic magazines are a favourite - Madden slices out the illustrations, then reassembles them in fantastical constructions. The denuded books are kept - pages intact in their spines, rustling with empty spaces - for possible future works. 
Although Madden works from second-hand imagery, he often uses photography as a metaphor when discussing his practice.
'I'm not a photographer standing on the edge of the world,' Madden has said. 'In my work, I'm cutting into a body of knowledge, poetically releasing the images.'

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