UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
[4 x 6 photograph in 6 x 8 floating white frame].
The angle on contemporary abstract-surrealist photography that has informed my recent work germinated as a manifestation of a period where I have found complacency within the confines of conventional portraiture. I have long admired the sleek palettes of editorial fashion photography, and at the point at which I began shooting in this style, I favored the bold styling of such pieces absent of the confined casting and restrictive prerequisites. I was looking for something intentionally obstructed in such a way that it rendered such metrics of beauty to be immaterial to the excellence of its end product. Alchemy can spin gold from any source, and that is the intention of the set which bears its title. The works I have developed in the abstract are object photographs digitally reconstructed with the hope that they may recalibrate the eyes of the spectator towards something fresh and unexpected.
Max Wolf – based out of Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York – as described in a 2020 editorial by John Slye, is “punching far above [their] weight [in creativity]” as they have developed a unique and emerging perspective of abstract-surrealist visual art, interjected in the tones of drama and humanity of their portraiture. Wolf has been published internationally with exhibitions and publications based out of New York, Milan, Barcelona, Istanbul, Tehran, Miami, San Jose, Oakland, Doncaster, Orlando and Tampa. Wolf has been curated by the editorial team at Vogue Italia to their online Photo Vogue platform on seventeen occasions, utilizing intriguing visual storytelling that maintains the polished detail-attentive aesthetic of the editorial giant. Wolf has been recognized generously by Visual Supply Co. (VSCO), their most recent source of recognition by the platform being an interview by John Slye detailing and demonstrating their artistic process; commentary previously attached to their depictions of juxtaposing paired imagery was published in a previous editorial publication, having been curated to a plethora of select collections by their staff. Their recent virtual exhibition, Alchemy, was subsequently picked up by Art Upon Contemporary and Artheme Gallery, as their visual works tackling the complex and shrouded waves of solidarity and grief in the onset of the coronavirus pandemic were picked up by several digitally-transmitted platforms, including that of the COVID Art Museum detailed in editorials for VICE, MSN, The National, VICE Spain, Print Magazine and Playground Magazine.
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