Max Maslansky

May 25–June 21, 2014

Press Release

Light & Wire Gallery presents a suite of thirteen works on paper by Max Maslansky (b. 1976, Los Angeles). Painting over teen idols from old issues of BOP magazine and water-damaged reproduced engravings of U.S. presidents, Maslansky defaces and adorns images of exploiters and the exploited. Many of these subjects are virtually forgotten. Some hungered for power, others fame, but coupled with ambitions for cultural amelioration, they were equally guilty as instruments of society’s ills. Here, they meet their comeuppance through their eventual obscurity, or by painterly defacement, or both. For Maslansky, an overlap between the image of faded political and sexual power is also a terminally recurring theme. It’s symmetry is suddenly broken at the unlucky number thirteen with a repeating teen heartthrob whose face has been robbed of all but his smile. The works are further enhanced by a found dance-oriented version of the U.S. national anthem. Made with joyful hate, but filtered through the love of paint, Maslansky gives tribute to the cult of personality.


Maslansky received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California and a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Maslansky has exhibited at Actual Size, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Regina Rex, New York. Maslansky is included in the upcoming Made in L.A. 2014 exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.