Posted in Beaux Arts, Curiosa & Forteana, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy by Suzanne on September 19th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia
Invasive Species I by Madeline von Foerster, oil and egg tempera on panel, 2008 – click on image for details
I normally don’t post exhibition announcements so early in advance, but when it comes to beloved Madeline von Foerster‘s work, I feel like I have to make an exception.
Yesterday evening, she announced a sneak preview of her upcoming Waldkammer (Forest Cabinet) show.
The show won’t be on until early November, but for those unfortunate souls like me who won’t be able to make it to Strychnin Berlin, the precious trompe-l’oeil gems
that are now online will definitely offer some visual enjoyment. Please email Madeline if you’re interested in seeing a preview of some selected works that will be on show.
I always found it fascinating how Madeline ever so often (subconsciously?) embeds her surname (meaning “forester” in German – both words deriving from medieval Latin forestem silvam meaning “the outside woods”) thematically and theatrically in her oeuvre and I believe that Waldkammer is the most stunning example of this phenomenon yet.
But let’s hear the artist herself:
“[...] In this series, I have created nine imaginary cabinets, in which to explore humanity’s often destructive relationship with nature (and in particular, the crisis of deforestation). These wooden cabinets intentionally allude to the once-living trees that were their source. Some are carved into the shape of women, personifying trees, whose bodies have become cabinets. Meanwhile, the “curiosities” displayed are actual species, dependant on the trees for survival. [...]“
Redwood Cabinet by Madeline von Foerster, oil and egg tempera on panel, 2008 – click on image for details
Opening reception: Friday, November 7, 2008
On show: November 7 – December 6, 2008
Address: Strychnin Gallery Berlin, Boxhagenerstrasse 36, D-10245 Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 30 9700 2035