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Maddy Rosenberg
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work has been greatly influenced by urban environments. I respond to the architecture of a place as it bears witness to its own history, beyond the time of its construction. Though inorganic, buildings still contain remnants of a human touch and a living memory. Based in Brooklyn, I also gather much of my imagery from my travels. Objects, images, and architectural details of places I have seen are deconstructed and reconfigured in seamlessly assembled compositions that appear within a newly invented context. The juxtaposition of flat planes of saturated color with finely painted details more clearly defines the abstract nature of the paintings, while simultaneously emphasizing the evocativeness of the imagery. The images become more than mere depictions of reality, a hint of what once was, with the shapes of pure color a reminder of the identity of the painted surface. I have been dealing with the ideas of multi-panel paintings for a number of years. The artist’s books naturally mimic this sequential aspect, while moving beyond the illusion of three-dimensional space to the actuality of pushing flat planes into a real and seemingly livable space. The new three-layered printed accordion books sit on the ground, dividing the space into twisting “streets.” I envision these multi-dimensional pieces as integral to the process of creating installations of imagined spaces, worlds that offer a reality with a twist.
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  • Al Fresco
    2010
    Oil on panel   18 x 10 inches
    Painted amalgam images referencing several Berlin buildings emulating layers of a crumbling wall.

  • Hanging On
    2010
    Oil on panel   5 x 5 inches
    Part of the Al Fresco series, referencing sculptural relief fragment from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

  • Balance
    2010
    Oil on panel   5 x 5 inches
    Part of the Al Fresco series, referencing pedestal from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

  • Crouching Tiger
    2011
    Oil on panel   5 x 5 inches
    Part of the Al Fresco series, referencing sculpture from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

  • Single File
    2011
    Oil on panel   5 x 5 inches
    Part of the Al Fresco series, referencing building façade relief from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

  • Munich Intervention I
    2011
    Oil on gessoed paper,   4.25 x 5.25
    Part of the Munich Intervention series, referencing a gargoyle from the Munich Rathaus.

  • Munich Intervention III
    2011
    Oil on gessoed paper   4.25 x 5.25 inches
    Part of the Munich Intervention series, referencing a gargoyle from the Munich Rathaus.

  • Munich Intervention V
    2011
    Oil on gessoed paper   5.5 x 7 inches
    Part of the Munich Intervention series, referencing the façade of the Munich Rathaus.

  • Munich Intervention VI
    2011
    Oil on gessoed paper   3.75 x 5.5 inches
    Part of the Munich Intervention series, referencing a gargoyle from the Munich Rathaus.

  • Munich Intervention VII
    2011
    Oil on gessoed paper   6.75 x 6 inches
    Part of the Munich Intervention series, referencing a gargoyle from the Munich Rathaus.

  • Book of Days
    2008
    Oil on panel   12 x 12 inches
    A painting that is to be “read” on many levels, one that views the images as they become the borders for separate “pages” of a book of hours; the flat planes of saturated color

  • Brooklyn Brownstones
    2009
    Oil on panel   8 pairs, 4 x 3 inches each
    Details of Brooklyn building exteriors that alternate with flat planes of color, meant to be installed in pairs of single image panels working with flat color panels.

  • Berlin Faces (triptych)
    2008
    Oil on panel   40 x 22 inches
    A triptych of images referencing the facades of yet to be renovated Berlin buildings that fluctuate between areas of flat saturated color.

  • Berlin Bestiary
    2010
    Hand cut and assembled digitally printed two-sided artist’s book   7 x 5 inches closed
    A pop-up theater of stone animal statuary of Berlin, framed by stages formed from monumental tombs referenced from the Berlin Jewish cemetery in Weisensee.

  • Dystopia
    2007
    Linocut printed hand cut, assembled and bound with insertions artist’s book   9 x 4 x.5 inches closed
    Amalgam images from New York and Europe folds out to create a circular city, as insertions force the viewer into a zigzagging through impenetrable streets.

  • The Ruins
    2009
    Hand carved rubber stamp relief printed artist’s book   3.75 x 6 inches closed
    Two-sided digitally printed accordion book creating a wall that pop-ups with reference to British cathedral figures on one side and the roof statuary of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin on the other.

  • Skyline I
    2011
    Three-layered digital prints mounted on foam core board   122.25 x 26 inches
    A three-dimensional free standing artist’s book of individual images inspired by New York and Munich buildings that are digitally worked, divided into 3 layers that are then mounted and attached

  • Skyline II
    2011
    Three-layered digital prints mounted on foam core board   90.5 x 23 inches
    A three-dimensional free standing artist’s book of individual images inspired by New York and Munich buildings that are digitally worked, divided into 3 layers that are then mounted and attached
 








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