Max Maslansky “Exchange Values” at Dutton

Dutton presents new paintings by Max Maslansky, his first solo exhibition in New York. For several years, Maslansky has based his coldly erotic paintings on vintage pornography stills found on the internet. Painting directly on unprimed bed sheets, he seeks to combine the chance and controlled effects of paint with sexualized representations, and the imagined psychic “stains” left behind by a sheet’s former owners.
Having already explored various tropes in pornography, which has included role-play and horror, he turns his attention in this exhibition to the effects of the mirror, whose reflections and distortions prey as much on our voyeurism and scopofilia, as on the subjects in the paintings. Here, our gaze is co-mingled with that of the subject, further implicating us in the evaluation of her image. Maslansky seeks to understand the universal obsession with mirroring, nowadays often seen in the form of a ‘selfie’, and its resulting consumption by a wide, anonymous population.

Start Date

February 4, 2016

End Date

February 28, 2016


12:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Dutton, 124 Forsyth Street, New York, NY

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