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Madeline von Foerster's "Cabinet" - Exhibition and Print Release

by Suzanne on October 5th, 2011


Redwood Cabinet, 2008 by Madeline von Foerster, giclée print on Hahnemühle 310gsm, cotton rag paper, 28" x 20", ed. of 50, $240 - click to enlarge

Fantastic news for the lovers of symbiotic Wunderkammer art as Brooklyn based Skink Ink have just released beautifully lush and vibrant giclee prints of eight of Madeline von Foerster's most iconic works.

If you're local, you can go check out the prints in person at The Gallery at Skink Ink until October 23, for the worldwide audience:

This is a fantastic opportunity to get your filthy hands on Madeline's work for a very fair price and generously low edition size. The paper is Hahnemühle cotton rag and I know from my time working with prints that this gives a very haptic finish and A LOT of depth.

The details are as follows:

"Skink Ink is publishing an edition entitled 'Cabinet' which will comprise of a collection of six images, each 20” x 28”, which will be sold individually, each in an edition of 50. Ten copies of the complete Cabinet collection will be presented in a handmade portfolio case with printed interleaves offering additional information about each work. In addition there will be two further prints outside of the collection; a larger version of 'Amazon Cabinet' 24” x 36” in a an edition of 50 and a smaller print 'Invasive Species' (13” x 17”) in an edition of 100. All works are signed and numbered."

So that's 8 prints altogether, 6 of which are an edition of 50 that can be purchased individually or in a collected set and 2 hors-série prints - just to repeat everything and be generally annoying and patronising.

If you've still got questions about pricing and ordering, contact Philip Riley at 917 536 8347 or email him here.

Details about the exhibition are below.


Invasive Species II, 2008 by Madeline von Foerster, giclée print on Hahnemühle 310gsm, cotton rag paper, 13" x 17", ed. of 100, $125 - click to enlarge

On show: Sep 22- Oct 23, 2011

Address: Skink Ink Editions, 177 North 10th Street, Room G, Brooklyn NY 11211, USA, email: events@skink-ink.com, tel: 917 536 8347

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM

Press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Madeline von Foerster and Benjamin A. Vierling at Roq la Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on July 7th, 2011


The Tale of the Golden Toad by Madeline Von Foerster, oil and egg tempera on panel, 24" x 36" - click to enlarge

Madeline and Benjamin informed me about their upcoming twin exhibition which opens tomorrow evening at the glorious Roq la Rue in Seattle.

It's great to see a show with two artists who go absolutely perfectly together and manage to enhance each other's oeuvres magically.

For many moons, Madeline has shown an uncanny anachronistic skill to amalgamate Renaissance style with Wunderkammer fauna and flora and add a certain doll-like feel to her protagonists who always seem to contain a grain of Olimpia despite the lively shimmer and sumptuous richness of the pearls and silk.

And even though homines universales like Ole Worm, Albertus Seba and Ernst Haeckel would undoubtedly be collectors of her work if they were contemporaries, nothing ever looks dated. In The Tale of the Golden Toad, the details in the lace are just as fresh and youthful as the organic details under the glass dome.

There is something slightly unnerving about The Tale of the Golden Toad though - it's the moment you realise that the protagonist has actually become part of the Wunderkammer and - starting from her hands and just like Daphne, just like Francesca Woodman - seems to be turning into a display herself.

Vierling's artistic approach is just as epic if a bit more mythologically inclined. With intricately painted ornamental wooden frames containing grotesque scenes and tiny insects, he manages to create a multi-dimensional trompe-l'œil that's quite breathtaking.

Details below.


Medusa by Benjamin A. Vierling, egg tempera & oil on panel, 22" x 22", 2011 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Friday, July 8, 6 - 9 PM, both artists will be in attendance

On show: Jul 8 - Aug 6, 2011

Address: Roq La Rue, 2312 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977 | Map

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

"Lush Life" Group Show at Roq La Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on May 10th, 2009


My Darlingtonia by Madeline Von Foerster, oil on panel

As you might have noticed, we're running a bit behind with show announcements here at Wurzeltod® HQ, but better late than never, right?

The eagerly awaited Lush Life group show opened at Kirsten Anderson's Roq La Rue in Seattle yesterday and will remain on show until June 2.

Featured artists include Madeline von Foerster (picture above), John Brophy (picture below), Laurie Hogin, Chris Conn Askew, Mia Araujo, Melissa Forman, Travis Louie, Kukula, Tin, Dan Quintana, Femke Hiemstra, et al.

This is an absolute must-see. Kristen's taste is exquisite and the exhibited artworks won't fail to inspire you!


Animism Regions by John Brophy, oil on panel

On show: May 8 - June 2, 2009

Address: Roq La Rue, 2312 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977 | Map

Featuring: Joe Sorren, Chris Berens, Chris Conn Askew, Mia Araujo, Melissa Forman, Travis Louie, Madeline Von Foerster, Martin Wittfooth, Kukula, Ryan Heshka, John Brophy, Tin, Brian Despain, Glenn Barr, Dan Quintana, Femke Hiemstra, Laurie Hogin, Lisa Petrucci and Andrew Arconti

Gallery hours: Wed-Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Preview show

Madeline von Foerster at Strychnin Berlin - Preview

by Suzanne on September 19th, 2008


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

Artist's website