Loren Madsen

Born and lived in Oakland CA, graduated high school in Seattle. College in Portland, OR, and UCLA where I got an MA in 1970 (majors in art, art history, and tanning). Too many years in LA. Bought our property in Mendocino County in 1970. Discovering that the hippie life was too much work. moved to NYC, 1977-2005. Living in Mendocino County since.


My first solo exhibition, in 1973, consisted of precariously balanced bricks anchored by gravity and friction. An earthquake destroyed the show before it opened. Despite this divine critique, I continued with these early sculptures, which mutated into large site-specific installations that currently exist only in photographs.


I found that theater was not enough, I wanted narrative. In 1991 I made a large installation titled “Missing Matter” that summarized what I knew and felt about issues cosmological. By 1994 I was using the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. and other sources to turn data into sculpture and prints. These are broadly historical if the viewer chooses to engage with the information, and abstract if the viewer does not. The subjects of my interest are purely personal (and, OK, political. See “ephemera”).


I still quixotically transform understanding into art, now accompanied by grand views and wonderful wine. I also occasionally just create “sculptures” for the simple joy of making.

Loren Madsen,  Barked, 2000

Loren Madsen, Barked, 2000

galvanized steel, wire, cable 24" diameter

 

Available

1

$3,500.00

Loren Madsen,  Mancala, 2012

Loren Madsen, Mancala, 2012

single slab carved madrone, walnut pegs 32" l x 6" w x 9.5" h 4 integral feet

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1

$3,500.00

Loren Madsen, Untitled

Loren Madsen, Untitled

2011

fir, fir splints, cherry dowels

30.5" high x 12" wide x 15" deep

Available

1

$123,456,789.00

Loren Madsen,  bloom, 2010

Loren Madsen, bloom, 2010

pine, cherry pegs 4' high x 8" dia

 

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1

$3,000.00

Loren Madsen, Little Boom

Loren Madsen, Little Boom

1988-92

256 steel plates, steel wire

29” dia x 23” h

Available

1

$2,500.00

Loren Madsen, Worry Beads, 2014-2019

Loren Madsen, Worry Beads, 2014-2019

Turned wood, rope

40' long x 19" dia max

Price on Request

 

Worry Beads, one for every year from 1945 (smallest in the pic), are scaled at one cc per human life. The volume of each is set by the number of terrorist-caused deaths for that year globally. The whole is about 40' long, the largest bead (2014) is 19" dia.

 

The #1 American fear, terrorist attack, is silly. The real horror: From 1945 thru 2017, globally, 413,000 people died via terrorism; in the same period in the US alone 992,000 people were murdered (and I’m missing data from 1946-1960).

Available

1

$123,456,789.00

Loren Madsen,  earth - water, 2017

Loren Madsen, earth - water, 2017

fir wood, acrylic beads 12" dia

 

Available

1

$1,500.00

Loren Madsen, Outside Nests, 2015

Loren Madsen, Outside Nests, 2015

Turned fir pieces

30” diameter x 60”H, variable

Available

1

$15,000.00

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