Max Glaser is an 2011 graduate from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. The artworks shown are made with a variety of organic components such as food, plants, wood, glass and even blood (see below for artwork details).
1. The Large Plexiglass, 2010, Bulletproof Glass, Lumber, Artifically Dyed Flowers, Honey, Bird, 38x26x3.5″
2. Wasp Honey, 2010, Plywood, Lacquer, Stain, Glass, White Bread, Honey, Latex Paint, 52x27x.75″
3. Untitled, 2010, Glass, Eggs, Vaseline, Grape Jelly, Motor Oil, 72x20x.5″
4. Georgian Scrotemic, 2010, Plywood, Stain, Lacquer, Glass, Mirror, Epoxy, Latex Paint, 147x45x34″
5. Grape, 2010, Grapefruit, Honey, Bulletproof Glass, Lumber, Barcode, 30x20x3.5″
6. Cut to Nothing, 2010, Plywood, Found Cutting Board, Blood, Lacquer, Latex Paint, 38x26x1.5″
Food has been an integral subject in art for centuries. We’ve seen it portrayed in still lifes, as sculptures, in photography and in performances. In contemporary art , artists such as Ed Ruscha (who has colored his paintings with spinach, wine, and bolognese sauce), Vik Muniz (who has created artwork using chocolate syrup) and Antony Gormley (who made a bed out of toast for Tate Britain in 2004) found ways to incorporate ‘live’ produce and food into their work.
By immortalizing what has essentially become decomposed, Max Glaser is able to present wasteful byproduct as a rich, colorful and abstract body of work. There’s also something sneakily ironic about turning a worthless material no longer pleasurable to the senses into something beautiful which you can purchase and admire.