Peter Madden

Peter Madden

IMA at Surfers

11 September–5 October 201111 Sep–5 Oct 2011

Auckland collage artist Peter Madden draws much of his imagery from old issues of National Geographic. His surrealistic pictures, objects, and installations have been described as ‘microcosms’ and ‘intricate kingdoms thick with flying forms’. His metaphor-rich other-worlds manage to be at once morbid and abundant, rotting and blooming, creepy and fey. Madden describes himself as a ‘post-conceptual photographer’ and a ‘sculptographer’. ‘I suppose I am an altogether different collagist, maybe a collagist of difference’, he says. ‘Like an unlicensed eye surgeon, I cut along an edge of possibilities ever so carefully.’ Art critic Tessa Laird wrote, ‘not since van Gogh lopped off his ear has an artist’s knife been put to such good use’. The main work in his IMA@Surfers show is the installation The Last City, which he largely created on a residency at the IMA in late 2009.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.