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Artist Talk: Max Estenger
February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm| $15
MOCA members $5, non-members $15
Admission includes beer, wine and snacks
In the Great Hall MOCA presents a mid-career survey of New York-based artist Max Estenger covering close to twenty–five years of painting and sculpture, as well as incorporating a new large-scale architectural piece modeled on a Brooklyn subway token booth constructed specifically for this exhibition. A rigorous formal language is the driving force in these works, a making of adamantly non-pictorial “specific objects” in conversation with art history and an ongoing grappling with the ideological parameters of abstract painting. Resolutely anti-illusionistic, this art comes from Estenger’s commitment to a systematic, though not dogmatic, engagement with the challenge of how to “take a flat surface and organize something compelling on top of it.” Included are his See-through and OSHA paintings, in which real space is created by the actual supports themselves, more recent vibrantly-hued color band works, and blocky and ruggedly elegant sheetrock sculptures, with occasional forays into the Duchampian readymade tradition. This extensive sampling is an important and overdue consideration of an artist who brings integrity, a moral dimension, and tough-minded tenacity to visual materializations that fuse a serious study of direct experience with aesthetic gratification.