Max Schaffer’s work reflects the conditions of its production and presentation in a multilayered fashion. It plays with contrasts, which coalesce in the diversity of content and material he employs.
His process-oriented works locate themselves, across many genres, at the interface between public space and the institutionalized business of exhibitions and often originate from performative gestures and locally specific interventions.
Sealing materials such as silicone and XPS insulation boards are recontextualized and in, for example, the series friends, they are combined with the fragile elements of lipstick and makeup. In this way they both blend and thwart the realms of public and private, perishable and permanent.
Simultaneously, works like the series followers offer, through the display of Polaroid test images within mattress samples, insight into various art historical discourses.