MAX MANNING / LANGUAGE GAME
October 14 - November 7, 2017
Max Manning’s work is a culmination of stolen ideas, isms, and a great appreciation for the history of painting. In a time when the possibility of originality has long been declared dead, Manning challenges the notion, working with fresh combinations of starkly contrasting visual elements that melt together to form images of imperfection and originality. The anarchic visual dialect that Manning has chosen to adopt speaks to the disorientation one can experience from today’s constant flood of technological over-stimulation.
‘The aim of my work is to be retro-contemporary but not retrograde. That is to say, that, in my own naiveté, I am optimistic to encounter a dead horse along the road andbeat it back to life. Once beaten back to life, I may attempt to relate these isms to contemporary human experience. Hopefully, this yields allegorical images that stand upon the timeline of art history with one foot on the past and the other on the present. I approach the history of abstract painting through a cubist lens, exploring paint as object matter and painting as subject matter.'
FRESH / SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, Norway, UK
November 7 - December 7, 2017