Monday, December 1, 2014

Miami Project

Very pleased to be showing work with Pavel Zoubok Gallery at Miami Project (booth 801). The fair is opened from Dec. 2 - 7, you can find more info here.
The Dig from Max Greis on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hunter MFA Thesis

My Hunter MFA Thesis exhibition is up now at 205 Hudson St. 2nd floor gallery, extended through June 14. I have several collage paintings, videos, dioramas, & a stereoscope on view, please come visit!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Arkell Museum & Library at Canajoharie

I'm exhibiting several collage paintings at the Arkell Museum & Library in Canajoharie, NY. It's a great library and museum, featuring a notable collection from Winslow Homer. My work will be hanging in the Community Gallery inside the library until June 1.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Remix Review

Very happy to get a positive mention in The Portland Phoenix, in a review of the ICC's traveling show "Remix". Up until March 21 at Bates College Museum of Art, it's a great survey of collage which i'm thrilled to be included. In the article, Piecing Together Meaning, author Britta Konau wrote; "and Max Greis’s video collage, which perfectly integrates various clips into a high-keyed narrative suffused with art historical references."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kossak Travel Grant

I was thrilled to recently travel abroad on a Kossak Travel Grant from Hunter College, specifically to study the works of Hieronymus Bosch in Madrid and Pieter Bruegel in Vienna. Bruegel and Bosch are probably the two most influential figures on my artistic practice, so it was an incredible experience to see their major works in person. The Museo Nacional del Prado contains the largest collection of Bosch works, including the Haywain Triptych, Seven Deadly Sins tabletop, and the Garden of Earthly Delights, even more vivid in person than I could have imagined. Bosch's incredible use of detail, rich color, and bizarre compositions left me mesmerized and inspired beyond words.

The Prado also has two Pieter Bruegel paintings, including the terrifying Triumph of Death, which provoked a young museum viewer to exclaim to her parents 'I don't want to die young!'. After a wonderful stay in Madrid, I travelled to Vienna, where the Kunsthistorisches Museum contains the largest collection of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, including the Tower of Babel, Way to Calvary, and many more. Absorbing the vast narratives, allegories, and details infused within each of these scenes, I was able to spend several hours over the course of two separate visits, and still felt like there was much more to see. It was a truly enlightening and life-changing experience.

While in Vienna, I also saw another Bosch triptych, The Last Judgement, at the Academy of Fine Arts. Unlike most other artistic depictions of The Last Judgement, Bosch's version is basically one continuous hellscape. A wonderfully dark fantasy, with detailed torment scenes infused with a sickly humorous imagination.
After Vienna, I finished the trip with a long weekend stay in Berlin. I was able to view even more works from Bruegel, including the amazing Netherlandish Proverbs. The scene visually depicts over 100 different proverbs and old sayings, many still in use today, such as 'don't count your chickens before they hatch'.

Beyond seeing the works of Bosch and Bruegel, I took in many other sites, museums, food and culture in each city. It was an amazing trip, leaving me greatly inspired for my final thesis work at Hunter College, and beyond.