Induced loss of control, a forced upon, paradoxical behavior, outright doubts, those goddamn swollen lymph nodes, stomach ache. Every day Pataya - damn Seoulfood.
When we observe Maximilian, our attention is always directed towards his salutary, bad conscience. An honest, restless search, a romantic obsession (?) whose foundation lies in its controlled naivety, against the awareness of the impossibility of making a „new“ image. With his work, Maximilian is able to show the conflictual nature between painting, himself and, eventually, the viewer. Under the pretext of a supposedly formal imagery, Maximilian creates a tension based on an accurate and concentrated preparation. Ultimately, it unloads in a moment of total loss of control -
Doubt as a starting point. The point of origin as a statement. Doubtful determination. Determined doubts. Intentional doubt - Alpe d’Huez. On the way to Lampugnano we get stuck in the Gotthard tunnel. A typical Maximilian Arnold: numb limbs, head in the clouds. First-rate roll or second-rate roll? Backroom or showroom, topfloor cell. Headlights flash, we’re moving on. Recurring grid in the traffic interrupted by the emergency lane and the blurry, reflective guidemarkers. What a dilemma!
Looks good, indicate right, drive left. Exit Autogrill, a restrained naivety surrounded by bitter Correttos and Wifi. A short time to pause at the pissoir. An evoked loss of control, a forced paradoxical behavior. Its all clear! Blinding flashes, dyed orange. “Shit, what a useless necessity!” Paid for weeks later, Western Union. Traffic sign, vacuous signs towards the image. “Look at it, just look at it!” The road seems long when having to push the car to the parking lot.
Spilt chicken broth as a draining source of energy - disgusting satisfaction, one look at the phone: “Don’t write that! Think of your mother…
Sichtbeton (Martin Kähler & Max Huckle)
Translation: Tharsilla Van Brocklin
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Maximilan Arnold was born in 1987 in Heidelberg, Germany. He attented Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe between 2009 and 2013, as well as Städelschule in Frankfurt Am Main from 2013 to 2015. Selected exhibitions include At The End Of Days Zombies Are Crawling Up The Walls with Christian Falkner, Im Hinterzimmer Showroom, Karlsruhe, 2015; Flumen, Kunsthalle Mulhouse (group show), 2014; The Show Must Go Wrong, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt am Main, 2014; and Being Specific!, Kunsthaus Baselland Muttenz, Switzerland (group show), 2013. DUVE Berlin has previously exhibited Maximilian Arnold at MiArt 2015 in Milan (alongside Roman Liška) and at NADA New York 2015 (alongside Jens Einhorn, Halina Kliem, Vera Kox and Roman Liška). He lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.