Max Brand

Birth placeGermany Birth date1982

Max Brand  paints with a wide variety of media including sidewalk chalk, crayon, pencil, marker, spray paint, ballpoint pen, chlorine bleach, and oil and acrylic paints. His chaotic lines, lush washes, and indeterminate stains create thickets of representational noise that are as exuberant as they are deceptively scatterbrained. The artist’s line quality, often similar to a doodle or illustration, is both idle and obsessive, serving for Brand as the raw material of the mind, as a transcription of the automatic or subconscious. Taken as a whole, his visions—drawn as much from cinema, ceramics, comic books, Japanese anime, and graphic design as from painting itself—hint at codes or constellations of thought.

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