Jeremiah Maddock

United States

Jeremiah Maddock
Jeremiah Maddock
United States
July 16, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Jeremiah Maddock is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses aged book covers as a template for his intricate drawings. Jeremiah’s artwork reveals hypnotic patterns and a color palette that dialogue with the details of everyday personal experience. Maddock grew up in Tacoma, WA and moved to San Francisco where he stayed for 10 years. Then he headed up to Whidbey Island, WA and the last 5 years he lives in NYC.

Jeremiah Maddock is a self-taught artist who currently lives in New York. He finds it difficult to recall a time in his life when he wasn’t creating. Inspired mostly by people and nature, especially repetition—whether it be musical or visual—Maddock’s art is born of the desire to make sense out of chaos and turn structure into static process. Each line in the work is a response to the one that preceded it. His works are an attempt to create the purest expression of existence, totally free from external conditioning and undefiled by compromise. His language is a crystal-clear spring flowing with Machiavellian-like “musical hieroglyphics.” At times disconcerting, his works possess a certain candor and delve into the perception of the supernatural.

Maddock creates richly patterned mixed media works populated with ghoulish creatures and tramps, that are likely a product of his obvious lack of desire for external validation. It’s clear that he maintains a very pure process; he is interested more in the act of creating – and the motivations behind such an act- than any finished product.

According to Maddock, making art has always been a big part of him even long before he was aware that he was making “art”. Even when there is no product to show for it, he was always making something into something, in his head. The process in general is pretty organic- stream-of-conscious rant, in a way. It’s pretty rare for him to sit down and knows what he is going to do, he get bored really quickly and that work goes to the trash. He just starts, and if all goes well he can’t stops until he physically can’t do any more. Those are the best times for him, and he is addicted to that journey and exploration.

Although concepts occasionally reveal themselves to Jeremiah as he works, they’re often very vague. What the viewer may perceive as a recognizable symbol reveals itself to Maddock more like musical punctuation—subtle and lingering nearby with some abstract intention. And while the work as a whole may seem to tell us an elaborate story, none of it is preconceived. Mostly spontaneous and a bit obsessive, the work manifests from the artist’s almost trance-like drawing sessions onto found aged papers and recycled book covers that act as a receiver of the inks he mixes from dead pens and markers.

Jeremiah Maddock lives and works in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Jeremiah Maddock: We's Gone Be FineAnno Domini, San Jose, CASolo
2013Tragic HeroesThe Lab, Costa Mesa, CAGroup
2011What He Meant by The Self Was Simply Our Truest Nature, Our Natural StateAnno Domini, San Jose, CASolo
2011Seenoevilseenoevilsee EvilFactory Fresh, New York City, NYGroup
2011FRESH PRODUCE Invitational Group Exhibition & Affordable Art SaleAnno Domini, San Jose, CAGroup
2011Good FolksShow & Tell Gallery, West
 Toronto, ONGroup
2010Harry Clewans, Jeremiah Maddock and Dave SchubertElectric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010FRESH PRODUCE 10th Annual Group Exhibition & SaleAnno Domini, San Jose, CAGroup
2009Jeremiah MaddockAnno Domini, San Jose, CASolo
2009Fresh Produce, 9th Annual Invitational Group Exhibit and Art Sale!Anno Domini, San Jose, CAGroup
2009YOU'VE GOT LIGHT IN YOUR EYESNeedles & Pens, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Figuratively SpeakingLyons Wier, Ortt Contemporary Art, New York, NYGroup
2008Eclectic Works: Recent Prints and Then SomeElectric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Un Named RottensFactory Fresh, New York City, NYGroup
2008Crocodile Tears: Small Works of Art by Over 50 ArtistsGiant Robot, New York, NYGroup
2008FAILUREThe Lab at Belmar, St Lakewood, COGroup
2007Civil Twilight
Electric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001EdgescapesGoliath Visual Space, New York City, NY (closed, 2006)Group