Obedience, Conformity, Apathy…“It’s All Good!”
An exhibit by Father and Son – Bud and Jeff Madeen
February 26–March 26
Opening reception: Friday, February 26, 5–7pm
Artist Talk with Jeff Madeen: Wednesday, March 16, Noon–1pm
This exhibit joins two generations of artists to feature the work of father and son, artists Bud Madeen and Jeff Madeen. Bud presents a series of nine canvases titled, The Freedom Series, as a culmination of 25 years of work. Jeff will then provide his personal rebuttals to those pieces through new works of photography, wood block prints, multimedia sculptures, paint on canvas, installation and video. Jeff also invited several local artists to create tinfoil hats to be shown in conjunction with his show.
Bud started work on his Freedom Series in 1966, working on the weekends. He never really spoke to Jeff about the content or what drove him to make the art. “It was like he provided the work and the viewer provides the questions,” Jeff said.
Jeff has uncovered some answers to the questions in Bud’s work, and will be sharing his responses adjacent to each painting; the truth in the answers will get you to question your belief system.
Jeff’s work encourages the viewer to think beyond the obvious. Often politically charged and provocative, Jeff offers encouragement for us to think for ourselves, hone critical thinking skills and go where the questions take you, often in new directions, and to create your own conclusions.
Read or download the artist statement by Jeff Madeen : Madeen_Artist Statement
About the Artists
Harold “Bud” Madeen (left) studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduating he worked in advertising in Elgin, Illinois.
Jeff Madeen studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and created art in Durango since 1995.