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Maxwell Van Pelt grew up in Boulder, Colorado. In 2011 Max graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College, where he studied Studio Art with a concentration in Architecture. His Honors Thesis - in sculpture and drawing - was awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Prize for the outstanding undergraduate thesis in the Hum… Read More
Maxwell Van Pelt grew up in Boulder, Colorado. In 2011 Max graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College, where he studied Studio Art with a concentration in Architecture. His Honors Thesis - in sculpture and drawing - was awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Prize for the outstanding undergraduate thesis in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Shortly afterwards he spent a post-graduate year as an Intern and Special Instructor for the Department of Studio Art at Dartmouth.

Prior to discovering his artistic intentions, Max was an archer – a thirteen-time US national champion and athlete on the United States Junior World Team. He derives additional passion from exploring his surroundings as a seasoned whitewater kayaker and technical mountain biker. Currently residing in Providence, RI, Max has been busy making works in his new studio while nourishing plans for upcoming exhibitions, artist residencies, world travel, a sustainable practice of art-making, and the possibility of graduate school. Read Less
Issuing from observation, my work draws a language of abstraction to realize meaning through the acts and processes of making. I promote the unfamiliar and demote balance, continually pushing to see my work with fresh perspective. My curiosity about the meaning and fabrication of objects lies in how sometimes, by… Read More
Issuing from observation, my work draws a language of abstraction to realize meaning through the acts and processes of making. I promote the unfamiliar and demote balance, continually pushing to see my work with fresh perspective. My curiosity about the meaning and fabrication of objects lies in how sometimes, by means of implicit logic and little more, a set of unfolding relationships can lead eye and heart towards a final form – a vital remnant of attention and intention, of time, place, person, and culture.

I strive to ascertain and instigate a mindfulness that connects us sympathetically to our surroundings. The resulting works are optimistic, places where divergent attitudes, appearances, and forces have a tendency to converge and resolve in the necessities of cohabitation. The participation of a viewer allows these visual expressions to move from ambiguous to something specific and personal – the production richest in its potential not just to represent ideas, but to evoke them with frequency: regularly, and in appropriate tones.

As I respond to these inquiries, I have been making intricate sculptures and exuberant paintings that navigate the geometries of architectural, natural, and emotional space together with the arising inscapes of my imagination. Regardless of media, the work anchors firmly in the exploration and mindset of drawing.

MVP 02.19.13 Read Less
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