Artist-in-Residence, Madeleine Bialke, Exhibition at Northwestern

Artist-in-Residence, Madeleine Bialke, Exhibition at Northwestern

Starts: Dec 07, 2018 03:00 PM
Ends: Dec 07, 2018 05:00 PM

AIR Madeleine Bialke will exhibit an installation of the work she created at Northwestern in the Artist-in-Residence Studio, located in Jesse Dunn Annex, room 323. This event is free and open to all. 

Madeleine Bialke currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from Plattsburgh State University of New York in 2013, and her MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2016. Bialke has exhibited her work extensively in New York and Boston, and has also participated in exhibits in London and Portland, ME.

About her work, Bialke states: “As a cultural convention, landscape is used in America as an exploration of national identity. The painted landscape more often reveals the artists learning than it does the experiences of the natural world. My work sets an imaginary stage on which to explore the role of nature in the evolving identity of America. As climate change and ecological devastation wreak havoc on a local and national scale, and an expanding population continues to build an urban sprawl while looking inward into screens-- nature simplifies. I use flat, shallow spaces to discuss natural limits. The colors are derived from clothing catalogues and house paint swatches and do not reference the directly perceptual world. Color is used to create uneasy, unsettling associations with its subjects to suggest a world changed by chemicals, pollution, and integral man-made alterations to the fabric of the natural world. The loopy, slightly humorous treatment of each scene evokes the American comic. Iconic landscape imagery, such as conifers and cumulous clouds, in this sense function as an expression of national iconology and ethos. My representation of nature is codified in a set of mythic narratives, spatial conventions, and communal symbols, removing itself from the original experienced place into cultural arenas.“

To view more of Bialke’s work, visit:

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