Using David Wojnarowiczʼs 1992 text-based artwork “One Day This Kid Will Get Larger,” as a conceptual and formal springboard, Separation of the Earth (By Fire) examines the relationship between (queer) art histories and contemporary queer voices. The project has audio, video and digital collage components.
Through a process of alteration and removal, Minax generates a new body of text from Wojnarowicz’s original work. This text becomes a three part choral arrangement. Lastly, the video component of this project was created from appropriated footage and features affected moments of embrace between children and adults, largely based around imagery of a fistfight.
Together, the print works, audio and video point toward the complex relationships between growth, transformation, and progress, but also insert a critical space for poetic reflection amongst the (potentially) aggressive nature of call to action politics.
Madsen Minax makes interdisciplinary art projects about individual and communal embodiment; how we form relationships with other humans in the world. Projects investigate intimacy, violence, transformation, and the nature of chosen and biological families using documentary, improvisation, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realist approaches.
Madsen received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, an MFA from Northwestern University in 2012, was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 2012-14, and a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. In 2015 Madsen was in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and a Berlinale DOC Station participant in 2016. Most recently Madsen was a Flaherty Film Fellow, through the LEF Moving Image Foundation, 2017.
Works have screened and exhibited at spaces including the Lincoln Center (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, (Houston) REDCAT (Los Angeles) and numerous others. Festival screenings include Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, the London Fringe Film Festival and the European Media Art Festival, to name a few, earning awards from Reeling LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent, Transcreen Amsterdam and others. Additionally, Madsen’s film Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance aired on PBS (2013) and FreeSpeech TV (2012). It is now widely available through Fandor, Amazon, iTunes and the like.
Madsen is currently a Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation fellow as well as a Queer | Arts | Mentorship fellow. He lives between Brooklyn, NY and Burlington, VT.
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