Finding the value

Bracey, Andrew and Barnes, Janet (2014) Finding the value. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

17519 YMT Finding the Value Show Catalogue-1.pdf
17519 YMT Finding the Value Show Catalogue-1.pdf

Item Type:Event, Show or Exhibition
Item Status:Live Archive


In 2011 Peter Madsen left his estate, including his art collection, to York Museums Trust. Five artists have made new work for this exhibition, using objects from his collection. We can never know what drew Peter Madsen to collect and keep these things but each artist has found new ways to value them. York Art Gallery is currently undergoing an £8 million redevelopment. This ambitious project was made possible by the bequest of £2 million by Peter Emil Madsen and his sister Karen Madsen, both from York. Their gift also included Peter’s diverse collection of paintings, books, prints, small sculptures and ethnographic objects. York Art Gallery has been allowed to sell any pieces not taken into the City’s art collections.

Of course, the historical importance and artistic quality of some works meant they had to be kept. Other works were sold at auction, happily passing into the care of other collectors whilst adding to the monetary value of the gift.

I produced 40 new paintings for the exhibition 'Finding the Value' at York St Mary's. I have used a selection of the figurative paintings from the Madsen siblings collection, to create new ReconFigure paintings. I responded to the diversity of the collection, by using examples of different styles and types of the figurative paintings to paint over with my triangular/crystalline paintwork. By displaying the paintings on mass I foresee my marks creating a consistency to the original paintings; as a way of bringing the diversity together, whilst also celebrating it. I also see a parallel with the somewhat unknown figures of the Madsen brother and sister and the painted out figures in my paintings. In both cases they are present, but almost hidden behind a veil, but are also something that is absent, no longer with us.

Keywords:painting, exhibition, collection, Parasite
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts
College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:14542
Deposited On:25 Jul 2014 08:08

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