Reliquaries – New Artwork – Madeline von Foerster
Madeline von Foerster‘s new series of artworks grows out of the artist’s fascination with reliquaries: the jewel‐covered statues and treasure chests where remains of sainted persons ‐ from bones, to scraps of clothing, to vials of blood ‐ are enshrined. Old, beautiful, and mysterious, reliquaries often become objects of worship themselves. The impulse to preserve and make precious seems to represent a common human urge, spanning across many cultures, and not only confined to religion: we create reliquaries for vanquished cultures in our Natural History Museums, and living reliquaries, in the form of zoos, for animals all but extinct in the wild.
Born in San Francisco, Madeline von Foerster now lives in New York City. She has traveled twice to Austria to study the Old Master’s mixed technique of oil and egg tempera, which she utilizes in her paintings. This will be the artist’s second solo show at Strychnin Gallery Berlin. The gallery was also presenting her work at the ART.FAIR 21 in Cologne, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1. 2010.
Curated by Yasha Young
Opening November 12th from 7pm.
Ph: +49 30 9700 2035