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.
“I grew up in South Bend, Indiana. Born in Chicago, I returned there often for skateboarding in my teens and concerts after that. In Indiana, a giant portion of my early life was outdoors – wandering swamps, flipping over logs, exploring the (to me) forest primeval in my backyard. This duality shaped me and the work I do. Needing something larger after high school, I attended ASU for ceramics and anthropology. The latter has been one of my largest influences to date. I’ve been fortunate enough to show my work across the US for the past seven years. I’ve also shown bits of things in Italy, Israel, and Canada (first out of the country solo there last year). Featured in Juxtapoz, Lost at E Minor, Beautiful Decay, and Wallfarmers. I’ve been lucky enough to work with people like Mountain Dew, Nike, and Arbor on projects, and have written for Hi Fructose on and off since 2008. Currently residing in Oakland, CA. I called ol Denver home for many years prior.”
– Max Kaufman
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