Institute of Modern Art, 2011, Softcover (with flaps), Book Condition: New Book, First
22cm x 17cm. 96 pages, colour photographs, illustrations. "New Zealand collage artist Peter Madden draws much of his imagery from old issues of National Geographic. He plunders and reworks the magazines discredited empire of signs to forge his own. His surrealistic pictures, objects, and installationswith their watchmaker detail and intensityhave been described as microcosms and intricate kingdoms of flying forms Madden has one foot in the vanitas still-life tradition and the other in new-age thinking. On the one hand, he is death obsessed: a master of morbid decoupage. (Moths and butterfliessymbols of transient lifeabound. His assemblages in bell jars suggest some Victorian taxidermist killing time in his parlour.) On the other hand, with his flocks, schools, and swarms of quivering animal energy, he revels in biodiversity and magic. Maddens works manage to be at once morbid and abundant, rotting and blooming, creepy and fey. This book serveys Maddens work of the last ten years." Essay by Tessa Laird. Interview by Robert Leonard. Shipped Weight: 0.33 kilos. ISBN/EAN: 9781875792702.