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1981: Born in Pawlet, Vermont
2004: Rhode Island School of Design BFA Painting

Solo Shows:

2004 ‘Thesisisis’ Red Door Gallery Providence, RI

Group Shows:

2004 ‘Selected’ Baptist Church Providence, RI
2004 Senior Show Woods Gerry Providence, RI
2004 ‘Blacklight City/ Neon Nation’ Red Door Gallery Providence, RI
2004 Group Show Plasma Gallery Providence, RI
2003 ‘Full House’ Red Door Gallery Providence, RI
2003 ‘In Place’ Red Door Gallery: Providence, RI
2003 Group Show Etherington Fine Art: Tisbury, MA
2003 Group Show Field Gallery W. Tisbury, MA
2003 JOEMAXMAXJOE Red Door Gallery: Providence, RI

Max in a Nutshell

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is fairly easily found. The act of carving through trees, pushing into turns and effortlessly flowing out of them, sailing over rocks and roots, be it on my bike, my snowboard, anything really that allows me to flow fast and smooth.

What is you're your greatest extravagance? Sleep.

What do you most value in your friends? Gumption.

Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to fly.

What is your current state of mind? Guilty.

Who are your favorite writers? T.C. Boyle, Marquez, and whoever writes Haynes Manuals.

What is your most marked characteristic? Heckling, competing.

Who are your heroes is real life? Mom, squirrels, goats (Dad).

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Fausto Coppi.

Which living person do you most admire? Bigfoot.

What is that you most dislike? Quitters, Starlings.

What is your most treasured possession? My legs.

Did you grow up with original art in your home? By whom? Yes, Liz Maher, Ivin Ballen, Titian, Susan Sargent, various others who fit.

Where would you like to live? In a tree.

How did your solo culminating exhibition "Thesisisis" communicate the journey of your work at RISD? One of the things that I grappled with throughout my RISD career was the concept of "new". Artwork that was not new was not interesting. Unfortunately 'nothing' can be truly new at the point in the game. In any event I spent a lot of time violently editing myself so that no two things I made had anything in common. As a result everything got taken to the same level and was then abandoned. I slowly coming to terms with this and my solo show was more cohesive as a body of work.

How do you feel when your work is acquired and you have to let it go? Very Good, especially the big ones that i don't have to carry around anymore. As long as it goes to a good home.

Where have you traveled in the last eight months? Rutland, Havana, Durango, NYC, Boston, Danby, Emerson, Kauai, Pluto.

Are you working with any curators you'd like to mention? Gabe Lloyd, Ethan Hayes Chute, George Mckraken, Sara Agniel, Bea Martin, Mary Etherington.

Which sports do you play? Downhill Donkey Racing, competitive tree climbing, uphill mountain bike pushing, Snowboard assisted powder exploration, Single Speed Wheelie racing, Prison Rules Kickball.

What music do you listen to? Snoop, Isley Brothers, Mr. Dylan, De La Soul, Exile on Main Street.

Do you listen to music while you paint? Sometimes.

How are you related to the painter John Singer Sergeant? He's my brother.

What are humans like? They smell funny, kind of like sheep. Not enough of them are crazy.

What is your motto? "The trails' right up around that hill"

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