Model One Painting by Max Neutra

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

The original painting was 6x6ft on wood, produced and sold at my show New Tongues in 2012. Below is the statement for the show.

"Throughout my travels, some of my favorite moments occurred when I was struggling to communicate with the locals.  It was during these strained exchanges that I noticed how the barrier caused by the lack of a common language can enhance the connection between humans.  Things like facial expressions and body language become more important, and it seems the whole body itself is employed in the task of relaying information.  In turn, one has to study the other person more closely in order to pick up whatever clues are being offered.  The challenge to understand each other produces a heightened receptivity in us that can have the effect of creating a more intimate than usual situation.

I see that participating in this kind of stimulating give and take has been an unforeseen benefit of travel, and has been a big new influence on my work.  I now wonder if we humans prefer the comfort of having answers, or the challenge of uncovering them.  It seems to me that we enjoy the activity of mining for truth.  Funny, how it was not the direct exchange of ideas while abroad, but the effort of the exchange itself that left a mark.

In my next show at Cave Gallery, New Tongues, we will be exploring these themes.   The way two people in strained communication will create a new language that is unique to their particular circumstance. The way heightened receptivity is a byproduct of creating these new languages.  The way we are inventing new dialects as we gain increased access to each other through new technologies.  The way a foreign culture can simultaneously repel and seduce.  The way a written word of unknown meaning can hold aesthetic value.  The way a touch of the unknown can add allure to an otherwise familiar object or situation.   The way the mysterious can inspire."




Model One

Max Neutra

United States


Size: 72 W x 72 H x 0.1 in

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