Enter the fascinating world of Max Lehman, who presents his sculptural portfolio. Be sure to visit his website for more information about this artist and his work.
I am originally from Fort Knox, Kentucky, but I currently reside in Nambe, New Mexico. I attended college at Arizona State University in the 1980’s, majoring in Media Arts while also studying Pre-Columbian art history.
Most of my training in ceramics came by practical experience. I apprenticed at the F&R Pottery Studio in Cave Creek north of Phoenix and later went on to work for the Red Horse Clay Company.
Much of my current body of work is based upon the concept of Dystopia*. I intentionally attempt to make my pieces “creepy-cute” as a direct response to the prevailing principles of Pop Surrealism.
I have a tendency to pick and choose my cultural references at will. Exercising unrestrained disregard for tradition or convention gives me the ability to process new ideas rapidly.
Skeletons are a recurring theme in my work. My fascination with skeletons is primarily from exposure to Mexican culture and immersion in the Punk music scene. I do not see skeletons as representations of death.
The Mexican folk artist Alfonso Castillo has influenced my approach to art, in imagery, construction and decoration. He is one of the most highly regarded Days of the Dead artists.
My connection with Hispanic culture is due to my being one of the first Anglo artists voted into a Hispanic Art Collective that based in a downtown barrio in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1980s. Movimiento Artistico Del Rio Salado or MARS for short was a foundational period. It was during my time there that I formed my earliest concepts on art formulated out of street culture, Mexican Folk Art, Dia de los Muertos and the concepts of cultural diversity and inclusiveness.
Living in and around Santa Fe for 25 years has created a deep connection to northern New Mexico, its people and the quirkiness of daily life here.
Presently I am the webmaster at the New Mexico Tourism Department in addition to pursuing a full-time art career. This situation provides a unique perspective of moving between the technological to the tactile realm on a daily basis.
* Dystopia: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about current trends, the societal norm, or political system.