Monday, March 5, 2012

Now Made with Real Paint . Max Manning

Orange Funk Bush
2013
Acrylic Paint on Panel
24 in. x 21 in.

Funk Beast Brown
2014
Acrylic Paint on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

A Garden that is The Garden
2014
Acrylic Paint on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

Glow Square
2014
Acrylic Paint on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

Heaven
2014
Acrylic Paint and Graphite on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

Teenage Mutants Minus One
2013
Acrylic Paint and Graphite on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

Floppy Disc Pornos
2014
Acrylic Paint and Latex Paint on Panel
12.5 in. x 12 in.

Marrow Scratch
2013
Acrylic Paint on Panel
29 in. x 24 in.





The artist of today lives in a both cumbersome and liberating realm of infinite resource. Indeed the possibility of originality has long been declared dead. Does that mean the artist shall forfeit his or her pursuit of creating work that could expand the everelastic waistband of art? Or should he or she stubbornly persist, along the way borrowing and stealing the cloaks of past styles and the shields of isms?

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 and beat 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 in 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.

Metaphorically the image plane could be viewed as an immovable object, and though my mind is far from an unstoppable force, it is my hope that when these two meet, the material evidence of this incident will be an image-object of artistic merit. My process is a pendulous alteration between automatism and analysis. The canvas, however comprised, will absorb explosions of raw expression as well as moments of highly controlled focus.

My work is a culmination of stolen ideas, isms, and a great appreciation for both the history of painting. Combinations of starkly contrasting visual elements melt together to form images of imperfection. This anarchic visual dialect that I have chosen to adopt speaks to the disorientation one can experience from today’s constant flood of technological over-stimulation.


Bearing in mind the privilege and miracle of this highly developed technological age in which we exist, I am interested in the thinning line between the artificial and the real. The plastic pictures I create are expressions of my own interpretation of the struggle that exists between the visceral, the primal and the artificiality of contemporary human experience.







































































 
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I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood.
A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddic

k Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
     
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...up, down, turn around, please don't let me hit the ground