MadC, "Kaleidoscope" Show at Kolly Gallery Zurich Preview

Featured photo by Marco Prosch.
Art by MadC.

The magic symphony of MadC’s strong yet delicate artworks consists of three components: calligraphy – spectral colors – transparency. Together with MadC the Kolly Gallery reveals a new series of artworks that show the possibilities of an art from from a complete different perspective and conception. The exhibition entitled Kaleidoscope is held from December 8, 2016 until January 7, 2017. The title of the show is a reference to her exhibition in 2014, where MadC customized empty 600ml spray paint cans to kaleidoscopes, cutting out small glass pieces of her calligraphic paintings. The fascination thereby lies in the endless variations of images created through the movement of a kaleidoscope. In this exhibition MadC transfers the small image of the kaleidoscope to canvas, so that the original canvases and their associated sparkling kaleidoscopes are exposed at the same time. Each of the kaleidoscope patterns is made of 6000 to 20000 sparkling Swarovski and Preciosa Crystals. Every piece takes weeks or even months to complete. The precise tuning of spectral color nuances and variations, brightness, saturation and transparency sticking with calligraphic structures is visible in every unique piece by MadC. Each canvas has its own mood and character – and thus it allows a completely individual emotional experience to the spectator. While immersing the viewer steps into a synesthetic perception of colors and emotions. Within Kaleidoscope MadC creates a place without time and space, where rules are made by colors. She is a virtuoso of color compositions that conceives a synesthetic and physical experience.

Claudia Walde alias MadC was Born 1980 in Bautzen GDR (East Germany) and raised in Ethiopia. She studied at both Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design in Halle and Central Saint Martins College in London. She holds a master degree in graphic design. She is not only a talented and emerging artist but also a professional author for Graffiti and Street Art, which show her cultural and anthropological insight. She published Sticker City – Paper Graffiti Art (2007) and Street Fonts – Graffiti Alphabets From Around The World (2011). One of the most remarkable pieces was the 700-Wall (2010) a 700 square-meter work. This mural is most likely the largest graffiti created by a single person and was finished in four months time. Today she can no longer save herself from inquiries for murals. Her huge facades are spread all over the world: Mexico, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Germany, Tahiti.

“Kaleidoscope” will be opening December 8, 2016 and will run until January 7, 2017. For more information about the show, email:

Kolly Gallery
Seefeldstrasse 56,
8008 Zürich, Switzerland
+41 79 301 11 37

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