July 5th, 2011 by Leo Plaw

The Golden Toad Exhibition – Madeline von Foerster

The Golden Toad exhibition - Madeline von Foerster

The Golden Toad exhibition - Madeline von Foerster

Madeline von Foerster‘s new series of paintings envisions fairytales of the future. The current, unprecedented devastation of Earth’s wildernesses foretells a time when the great forests are gone, and with them, half the animal species with whom we share the world today. In comparison, the present will surely appear as a sort of Golden Age, abundant with lush forests and wondrous beasts — what sort of tales will they inspire?

Stylistically, these artworks suggest the rich paintings from the School of Fontainebleau, a sixteenth century efflorescence of French Art, which exalted the enchanted forest. An aura of mystery and possibility pervades the paintings, which are meticulously rendered using an uncommon Renaissance mixed-technique of oil and egg tempera.

Although imagining the future, a common theme of the paintings is memory. While researching these works, I hunted for a fairytale titled “The Golden Toad,” which I was so certain I had read, that I could almost recall its characters and plot. However, my mind was playing tricks on me, for the Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes) is actually a Costa Rican amphibian, recently extinct. Ironically, though humans are responsible for the planet’s vanishing forests and extirpated species, it is in human imagination and memory that these lost treasures will continue to exist. Therefore, the Golden Toad, now gone, returns in a mythical form, to remind us what we can still save.Madeline von Foerster

The Golden Toad

Opening Night Monday, July 04
Show runs to August 06, 2011

Roq La Rue Gallery 
2312 2nd Ave.
WA 98121

Ph: +1 206 374-8977



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