Max Adrian


Opening Reception

Friday, June 3
7 – 10 p.m.

Close of Show

Saturday, July 16
Noon – 3 p.m.

Artist Bio

Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft sculptural work playfully considers queer ideas about desire, consumerism, and identity. He holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. He also received his BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. Adrian’s practice has received support from several arts organizations including the Center for Craft, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He has participated in a variety of residency programs including the Vermont Studio Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Lighthouse Works, and Millay Arts. He is currently based in Columbus, Ohio.

Show Statement

“Cyber/space/dream-state” is a multi-media installation of video work and sculpture. The exhibition explores hybrid sensations of delight, tedium, and anxiety that reflect personal feelings about contemporary technogenic life. Dominating the exhibition is an inflatable projection screen “game board” that flashes to life in hypnotic bursts. Altered projection footage comes from a variety of sources: social media feeds, YouTube product reviews, first-person shooters, and architectural renderings, among others. “Cyber/space/dream-state” aims to locate virtual activity within overarching systems that mediate personal desires. Like the projection screen, our own bodies become filters of vast amounts of digital information on a daily basis. How does that impact our habits of locating pleasure, peace, comfort? Erotic references to glory holes and latex gloves suggest an intimate relationship with technology that straddles power dynamics of control and fulfillment. At the same time, a faint sense of foreboding echoes the “invisible” implications of an increasingly automated world, such as data surveillance, disinformation, and carbon emissions. As a whole, the work within “Cyber/space/dream-state” invites critical reflection on the many ways that our bodies and minds are affected by a culture of constant connection, for better, worse, and everything in between.

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