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Made In L.A., 2014: Max Maslansky, 23.35

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Made In L.A. is returning to the Hammer on June 15 and will showcase thirty five emerging and/or under-recognized Los Angeles artists. The show will offer a Public Recognition Award of $25K to an artist that YOU vote on. In order to help you make an educated vote this Summer and get a better sense of all the artists, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by sharing mini-profiles of each artist.

Max Maslansky is a painter who creates fluid images of sexuality depicted by a very clearly defined style of person.

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What does this artist make? Maslansky is an artist whose work is very much concerned with sex. His current crop of paintings focus on intimate acts that range from husband and wife bedtime plays to pilot(s) and flight attendant fooling around. There is an element of pornography to them as they play out sexual tropes and often incorporate more than two people, many of which include a business suited man or two. What’s most remarkable about the works is that they are painted onto bed sheets, patterned and not, creating these vignettes that may or may not have happened on the canvas. These works are executed with watery pastel colored acrylics with very stylized persons that Maslansky has made up, people with red noses and white hands and no eyes. His framing of images are playful in that some canvases literally fall off the frame like an unmade bed while others are so tight they ripple in places. You could look at them and go, “That’s just a cool painting.” when in fact they are sexual dramas literally coming from the bedroom.

What makes this artist very L.A.? These paintings are more about universal sexual tropes than a specific Los Angeles something. This said, the bed sheets could all be from Los Angeles since this is where he is stationed. He also has a talk show on KCHUNG called Riffin which ties him into the show’s many micro-communities.

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What might this artist bring to Made In L.A.? Definitely a bed sheet painting…at least that’s what I’m hoping! These works are so cool and funny and playful and bright that you cannot help but love them. They’re easily accessible and raunchy without being explicit. It’s exciting work, colorful work.

Who from the past Made In L.A. will this artist remind you of? There isn’t really any comparison. But, if you really want to, Meleko Mokgosi‘s stylized people although different feel akin as does Meg Cranston‘s palette and Kate Costello‘s sexualness.

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