Kirk Holm Madsen
First introduced to art by his artist father, he grew up in New York visiting some of the greatest art museums in the world and began college as an art major. During college, he left the world of visual art and embarked on a successful 25-year career in the music industry. These many years later Kirk has returned to creating art which is why we say, “the art goes on”.
Kirk’s creation of fiber art is influenced by his father’s unique “batik” style, the 1970’s hippy bohemian “tie dye” culture of his youth and today he is drawn to the ancient technique of Japanese, “Shibori” fabric art. He often uses multiple techniques in creating his 2-D and apparel creations.
Always in state of experimentation he turns to both traditional and non-traditional tools such as pvc pipes, surgical hemostats, artificial sinew, bees wax, wood and metal blocks, traditional tjantings and more. Searching for new ways to twist and ply fabric, dry dye with ice and snow is all part of the journey to his Madsenarts creations.
Kirk uses all natural fiber but prefers cotton and bamboo. As the sole producer, he works long and hard but the solitary work gives him the latitude of experimentation he enjoys.
Kirk’s work can be seen in the Madsenarts Etsy shop, at Gallery 41 (Owego), various solo exhibits and at outdoor shows such as Jazz Fest (Binghamton), Colorscape (Norwich) and City of the Hills (Oneonta). His 2017 show schedule:
July 7th – Binghamton First Friday
Christ Church – 10 Henry St, Binghamton, NY
6pm – 9pm
“Visions in Cloth and Dye”
July 14, 15, 16 – 55th Annual July Fest Celebration, a Downtown Binghamton Arts, Crafts and Music Festival
Daily 10am – 6’ish for artists. Music is a different schedule (See julyfestbinghamton.com)
Artists in Action Metro Center Court
Art, music, crafts, races and great food. It’s a downtown celebration! Located on Court Street, between the Court House and Water Street with Washington Street between Court and Hawley.
August 5th – 15th Annual City of the Hills Art & Music Festival
Main Street Oneonta, NY (between Ford & Chestnut Streets).
10am – 4pm
Located just off I-88 exits 14 & 15.
Artists, Vendors, Music, Entertainment, Authors, Farmers Market, Demos, Children’s Activities
September 9 & 10 – 23nd Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
125 Juried Artists, full music schedule including The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Sat and Sun) and Brother Sun.
Activities at Colorscape include a Student Art Exhibit, Colorscape Cares Exhibit, Competitive Poetry Slam, Artist Demonstrations, Interactive Dance Demos & Instruction, Make-and-Take Arts Projects for all ages in two Art Zones, Literary Arts activities, children Visitors also get to choose from a selection of creative and mouth-watering treats in the Chobani Culinary Court.
October 6 -Gallery 41 First Friday
41 Lake Street, Owego NY
6pm – 8pm Opening Reception – Show will run through October
Special Show with Kirk and Guest Artist Potter Roz Weinberger “Cloth and Clay”
Member since: 2017