In preparation for Max's show this weekend, he's been living in Denver for a few months and working in the back of Blackbook Gallery. Very akin to a residency, it's given Max lots more time to fully focus on painting and exploring — and some interesting new sculpture ideas have come out of it as well as a body of work he's thrilled to share.
More about the show:
Aether is an old term, extinct in our time. Its origin comes from the Greeks — to them it was pure air — the essence that gods breathed and existed in. Later, it was considered the fifth element, a way to explain the unexplainable before true science came into play. Einstein even mentioned the term as a precursor to his theories, as a way of explaining the properties of the empty space between objects. Kauffman interprets this in his work as a connector between all things and eras. Our similarities always outweigh minute differences in our day to day lives. Working between loose painterly passages paired with tight purposeful lines Kauffman evokes the segue between waking and dreaming by connecting the two. The work is at once conscious and unconscious: the hustle of urban life and deep woods hermiting, the realms of real and magic, bleeding in and out of each other, both at the same time but also as neither.
This new body of work explores Max Kauffman’s continuing themes of making the most of what you have. Living everyday through magic, sacred and powerful experiences… home vs house, the personal sanctuary in our minds and awe of the natural world. Where we hide our best moments and our darkest secrets — the temples of our mind. Or the thought of finding internal peace from your surroundings, a place to hide from the chaos of our day to day lives. Working with a loose narrative approach, there is no forced story, rather a subdued and familiar framework to let others fill in their own struggles and victories.
Building this show in the back of Black Book Gallery played into these themes. This exhibit marks Max’s return to his old home of Denver — a sanctuary of peace and familiarity away from Oakland, CA — his new hometown. The freedom and space to work allowed Max to stretch his ideas out and work efficiently. With this came more room for exploration which developed into a new series of sculptural pieces that are a nod to Kauffman’s love of anthropology and indigenous cultures, as well as a few experimental canvas pieces that materialized over time.
Saturday, March 15th, 6-10pm
Black Book Gallery | 555 Santa Fe Dr. | Denver, CO 80204
Artist in attendance | Free and open to the public