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Chema Madoz – Sin título
Author: Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958)
Technique: black and white photography
Size: 120 x 120 cm
This piece was acquired by the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation at the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO) in Madrid, and is one of best-known and most commented works by this artist from Madrid, winning the National Photography Prize in 2000. This print was presented in the retrospective exhibition “Chema Madoz. “Ars combinatoria”, touring several museums and art centres in Spain, including several private galleries.
These symbolic images masterfully use photography by establishing their own semantic language, which is full of metaphors and visual irony, thanks to a careful selection of eye-catching objects. Like the rest of his work, it has various readings, those clouds lost in the sky and trees not rooted in earth, where poetry and sight come together to build a universe based on overlapping images and combinations of imaginative paradoxes, inviting the viewer to observe them slowly. This collector of ideas reveals his passion for dadaist, surrealist, minimalist and conceptual rhythms with impossible but tangible combinations, paying homage to everyday energy, a tribute that takes care of the finer things and lets them speak, reflecting on their original sense. The triangular composition conveys evocation, tension and dynamism, thanks to its true ascetics of composition, a creator of scenes that – from their almost stoic perspective – resolves issues with incomparable technical quality in black and white, with no fanfare or fuss, away from peculiar media, chromatic shrill, technological manipulation or striking format.