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Maria Loboda, Perilous seat with a rabbit trap. Perilous seat with a pheasant trap, 2011, wood, water color, acrylic, rabbit trap, pheasant trap, 39 3/8 x 117 3/4".

Maria Loboda

Maisterravalbuena Madrid

Maria Loboda, Perilous seat with a rabbit trap. Perilous seat with a pheasant trap, 2011, wood, water color, acrylic, rabbit trap, pheasant trap, 39 3/8 x 117 3/4".

Polish-born artist Maria Loboda, who now lives in London, retraces modernity’s footsteps and delves into history, art, and literature by bringing her personal experiences into dialogue with a somewhat eccentric approach to science: She assumes that art can accept what empirical research rejects. The project may not sound unfamiliar, but Loboda gives it a fresh twist by blending these mainstream interests with something more unusual in contemporary art—a profound fascination with transcendental perceptions of temporality. Loboda’s personal universe is stuffed with references to the paranormal. Recurrent allusions to occultism, spirituality, magic, and supernatural forces help us understand why, in trying to keep up with Loboda’s vision, we are endlessly stepping on slippery ground.

But Loboda’s first solo show in Madrid did not revolve so much around the paranormal as around

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