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Michael Madzo - Curious Arrangements    Feb 22 - Mar 29, 2014

Above Reproach
Michael Madzo
Above Reproach, 2013
All is Near and Cannot Be Touched
Michael Madzo
All is Near and Cannot Be Touched, 2012
That Promise Lingered, Beautiful In Itself
Michael Madzo
That Promise Lingered, Beautiful In Itself, 2012
Those Who Were Sacred Have Remained So
Michael Madzo
Those Who Were Sacred Have Remained So, 2013
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Artist’s Reception: Saturday February 22, 6-8pm

Couturier Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of new works by well known collage artist Michael Madzo in a show titled “Curious Arrangements.” The hallmark of Madzo’s work are collage paintings, created by appropriating printed material which he cuts up, reassembles to produce yet other images, then painted over and stitched together to create wholly new original work. The show runs from February 22 – March 29, with an artist’s opening reception, Saturday, February 22, 6-8pm.

“Curious Arrangements” marks the return of Michael Madzo to the gallery after a 12 year absence. Madzo’s collage paintings are made from many pieces of paper, usually cut from book plates, and assembled to create a visual tapestry upon which he applies acrylic paint to further alter and obscure the original printed material. Finally, each piece is stitched together with thread, giving the work permanence as well as adding an unexpected texture.

In these new works, Madzo shifts his focus slightly towards the painted surface and renders the collage arrangement as a means of ‘drawing’ on which to build his capricious compositions. The curious and often surreal themes suggest references from folklore to frescos, and are arrived at through an intuitive sense of form and color.

Madzo has exhibited throughout the United States as well as France and Mexico. His work may be found in public/corporate collections including ICC, Los Angeles, CA; Saatchi & Saatchi, London; Vendôme Investissement, Paris; and Searle Drugs, Skokie, Il.

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