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    one artist. one artwork. highlights from the vault.
  • Max Van Pelt

    What you find coming through
  • Max Van Pelt, What you find coming through, 2020

    Max Van Pelt

    What you find coming through

    What you find coming through, 2020

    gouache, India ink, walnut ink, soft pastel, coffee, colored pencil, graphite, watercolor Rives BFK paper, acrylic ink and paint

    35.5 x 53.75 inches

     

    In one of Max Van Pelt's most recent paintings, What you find coming through, the viewer encounters an ode to fractal geometry, landscape, and architecture.  The line work varies by intensity, color, medium, and perspective -  causing the painting to seemingly expand and contract simultaneously, shifting from a bird's eye view to a collapse of dimensional space.

     

    As Van Pelt explains, these abstractions are deliberately open windows by which each viewer may come to acknowledge simultaneity - in caution and accidents, tension and tenderness, polishing and incompletion, joyfulness and gravity, conflict and finding a way through. 

     

    Max Van Pelt graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2011, where his work in sculpture and drawing was awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Prize for the outstanding undergraduate thesis in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Prior to discovering his artistic intentions, Max was an archer - a thirteen-time national champion and athlete on the United States World Team.  His interests are deeply rooted in our built environment, the human condition, and regularly exploring the outdoors as an experienced whitewater kayaker, oarsman, and avid mountain bicyclist.  His work has been featured in Art in America's The LookoutBig Red & Shiny, and on National Public Radio.

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