Christopher Kit Maddox ~ Wisconsin

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Artist Statement: "Through artistic practice I investigate the motivations and correlations among various forms of contemporary escapist behavior, which I understand essentially as necessary but often-abused means of identity work. I explore the nature of cultural and geopolitical boundaries, and the thresholds and barriers to human perception of space and information. I tend not to work in a particular style, rather I base each solution on the demands of a project’s objective or concept. I leverage backgrounds in printmaking, drawing and painting, graphic design, photography and advertising, as well as project management, to produce interdisciplinary art work.”
   

ǂ (antiparallel)
By Christopher Maddox
[Madison, Wisconsin]: ORCS, 2017. Proof Copy.

14 x 8.75"; 215 pages. Typed on onion skin papers. Initialed and dated by Maddox. Perfect bound in blue paper covers.

Christopher Maddox: " ǂ(antiparallel) investigates shifts of meaning that occur when prose is translated. This analytical and poetic study is built from two versions of The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges: a version translated by Borges and his close creative partner Norman Thomas di Giovanni, and a more recent Penguin Classics release, translated by Andrew Hurley at the bequest of Borges’ surviving heir, Maria Kodama, who wanted to cut di Giovanni out of a royalties contract.

"A central theme, conveyed in the title of the story, is the notion that one might imagine a multiplicity of personal existences, each of which expresses a choice made in life that initiated a sequence of events and a particular existence – parallel but unique realities. Such paradoxical antiparallels are mirrored in the text-based works of my project – particularly the enclosed book which presents a line-by-line analysis of two translations in their entirety. This piece reveals the complete body of discrepancies between two translations, and in so doing provides insight for the reader into difficulties inherent to translation. It is at the same time a concrete poem, conveying concepts embedded in the texts through its own typographic form of two parallel lines of text, that are paradoxically equal and not equal simultaneously.

"Borges’ characters discuss a mythical labyrinth, and I believe this conversation alludes to the impossibility of seeing the true nature of our predicaments for want of a view of the total territory we occupy. Antiparallel searches for connections between this labyrinth and the paths we follow through living that offer continuous choices. It explores how paths not taken may linger in the mind and develop into persistent fantasies, ruminations, or narratives of desire and conquest. It suggests that dreams are constructed from the vapors of roads not taken."
$1,000


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Fake Art!
By Chris Maddox
[Madison, Wisconsin]: ORCS, 2017. Edition of 300.

6 x 9"; 84 pages. Softcover. Screen printed dust jacket. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Christopher Maddox: "Fake Art! is a series of statistical and poetic text analyses. Each piece imposes audacious task-reassignments and other structural manipulations to shift tone and meaning of the words broadcast by contemporary political figures. Book #1 focuses on interviews given by Donald Trump with the Associated Press and Time magazine in 2017. The new iteration may appear elevated, degraded, or a combination of these that can both satisfy and disturb the reader. The reader's experience will depend on perspective and attitude – on the sum of one's encounters with the world, and his or her confirmation bias.

"The texts presented in staggered, narrative poetic form within are not redacted. Each such page presents a single transcribed response in its entirety as spoken by President Trump. Typographic formatting has been altered to deliver a more palpable facsimile of the conversation. Interviewer language has been compressed to obscurity."
$22


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