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Plastic Age | Barbara Madsen, B. Wurtz | An Artist Dialogue Series Event


March 28, 2015

FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Artist B. Wurtz joins Barbara Madsen for An Artist Dialogue on Saturday March 28 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner room. They converse about Madsen's Art in the Corner Room, Art in the Windows and Photo Walls in Picture Collection site specific exhibitions as well as what inspires their work.

 IN/OUT, detail, 2014-2015
Plastic Age: IN/OUT, detail, 2014-2015

Barbara Madsen is an artist and Associate Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Madsen is known for her work in photography, prints, sculpture, and installation. Her collections of cast-off industrial matter -- spark plugs, machine parts, welding masks, rubber, plastic, prosthetics, and more – serve as fodder for the work. Her art employs the tropes of modernism, popular culture and objects, sited in meta-spaces. Madsen's installations mine the reproduction of the object, they are realized through photographic prints, flattening and printing them on wallpaper and floor vinyl covering every surface of the gallery. Exhibitions include: Pratt Institute; University of Delaware, and Drake University. She designed the set for Leopold and Loeb, Lowry Lab Theater, Minneapolis. Madsen's billboards from 2001-2005 were a public awareness campaign for social justice. Nationally and internationally Barbara Madsen has presented twenty solo exhibitions, and has been included in over one hundred group shows.

 Further Removed, archival inkjet photographs, 38 x 50 inches, 2015 © Barbara Madsen
Plastic Age: Further Removed, archival inkjet photographs,
38 x 50 inches, 2015 © Barbara Madsen

B. Wurtz was born in Pasadena, California and since 1985 has lived and worked in New York City. He received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1980. In the past several years he has had solo exhibitions at Metro Pictures in New York, Kate MacGarry in London, Galerija Gregor Podnar in Berlin, Richard Telles in Los Angeles, Maisterravalbuena in Madrid, The Apartment in Vancouver and White Flag Projects in St. Louis. Group exhibitions and two-person shows also in the past several years include Displayed (curated by Matthew Higgs) at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, Jim Isermann/B. Wurtz at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Stay in Love (curated by Chris Sharp) at Laurel Gitlen & Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York, Alexandre da Cunha, Michael Rey, Michael Williams, B. Wurtz at Office Baroque in Antwerp, Belgium and Prague Biennial in the Czech Republic. A solo museum exhibition with publication takes place in 2015 at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogues Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.