I strive for Magritte's basic intention, to make art with a "disturbing poetic effect."ť My work presents exotic subjects in the drama of black and white, or the subtle monochromatic tones of printers' inks. The prints are based on my photos of real places and slightly mysterious objects that are embraced by a post-apocalyptic anxiety, which induces a state of psychological unease in the viewer. The images raise questions, but knowing the back story doesn't necessarily provide comfort. The result is by turns intimate, earthy, fragile, universal, and contemporary. The images are full of the organic subtlety showing the naked beauty of weathered rock and plants, contrasted with man-made architectural elements. The organic elements complement the man-made. In purely aesthetic terms, the works use an interplay of tones and textures, with formal qualities of composition in the arrangements of objects under the viewer's gaze. The unfamiliar induces a state of ambiguity mixed with a strange longing or nostalgia. The camera captures temporal events, figurative and narrative, fragments in the cycle of life and death. History is revealed in multiple layers with an underlying order and inherent drama exposed in contrast and detail, painterly and sculptural at the same time.
Madelon Umlauf was born in Austin Texas in 1942 and educated there and in New York City. Her prints are inspired by nature. Her pieces achieve their finality when the forms in illusionistic deep space -- illusionistic because it is just ink or paint on a flat surface -- come into dynamic and coloristic balance. Although her prints and paintings are inspired by nature, she sometimes choses palettes of colors which are other than the usual colors one sees in landscapes.
WPA Event Details
CRAFT, 4704 E Cesar Chavez St., in the back
Chair: Deborah McLouth
The deadline for this event (8/23/2017) has passed.