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Off Kilter: An Installation

Barb Madsen

October 5 - November 1, 2006

Eyewitness 1, 2005, photogravure

Artist’s Statement

BARB MADSEN’s art addresses numerous social issues, chief among them the lack of understanding and empathy for people of differing races and beliefs. Through her art, she questions the greed of large companies at the expense of people and the environment, and expresses her desire to combat the hatred and intolerance taught within many cultures. She believes that the angry activist diatribe is no longer an effective strategy. Her work seeks to blur the boundaries among fine art, advertising and pop culture by using provocative imagery, wit and a sense of humor. Over the years, Madsen has collected and photographed a cast of characters that are blithely campy, sinister, creepy and nostalgic, but nonetheless allude to the fact that everything is not quite right in the world. As such, the images seep below the surface of the subconscious to become a transient stratified memory on the cortex.

More! More! More!
More! More! More!, 2006, installation

After September 11, 2001, Madsen created two public art projects with the billboards Eye 4 Eye = Blind in Jersey City and Revenge Never Ends in Newark, New Jersey. In the spring of 2005, she produced three banners in the metropolitan Washington, D. C. area: Oh! at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Fear and Paranoia Win at Studio 1515 on 14th Street; and Who Decides Our Future at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Springs, Maryland.

BARB MADSEN received her MFA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and is associate professor of printmaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions in fifteen countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2005, Madsen’s work was presented in Pressing Images/Pressing Issues at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, along with prints by Richard Mock, William Wiley and Enrique Chagoya, and her Eyewitness photogravures were selected by Kiki Smith for the New Prints 2005 exhibition at the International Print Center in New York.

The slide lecture and discussion with the artist are supported by the Jeanne Scribner Cashin Endowment Fund for Fine Arts.