Magically realist - Maleonn alongside Alex Colville in South Korea's Public Art
Public Art, a leading art magazine in South Korea, has just come out with its May 2008 issue on the theme of SURREALISM and Maleonn is one of seven artists who are the focus of a 10-page editorial feature text-and-images essay “Magic Realism” on the global art scene: “Magic Realism,”, Public Art (South Korea), Issue 20 (May 2008), pp 56-65. Alongside three reproduced images of Maleonn’s work are five images of Michael Parkes, two images by Vladimir Kush, two images by George Tooker, one image each by Patricia van Lubeck and Peter Blume, and four images by hyperrealist Canadian artist Alex Colville.
Although we prefer the terms fantastical or fabulist to describe much of Maleonn’s body of work (as indeed noted by the Public Art editorial with its article byline, “Looking for fantasy in daily life, feeling the marvelous in reality…the world of ‘magic realism’”), Maleonn’s work is also most definitely connected to the “surreal” art tradition. The works selected for commentary in the editorial and as examples of Maleonn’s work are “Shanghai Boys No 10 (Dancing With Eyes Shut)” at p. 60 (the same work chosen for full-page reproduction by Enroute magazine in spring 2006), “Unforgivable Children No 1 (Love)” at p. 61 and “Portrait of Mephisto No 5” at p 62.
Other recent News items on Maleonn are as follows: