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Max Schumann, Painting News Project

TNC Gallery
155 1st Avenue at 10th Street, 212-254-1109
East Village / Lower East Side
April 12 - May 13, 2007
Reception: Thursday, April 12, 5 - 7 PM
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Max Schumann returns to TNC Gallery with a site and time specific installation of new and evolving works. Using his evocative images of mass media, Schumann will create a process piece that interacts with news information, its distribution and the public. He will continue to explore the prevailing fixation with mass media and its relation to the public sphere. The works will be developed through the duration of the exhibition, to be finished by the closing reception for the exhibition.

Schumann will use material that he gathers in real time from the media to create and add to the works that make up the exhibition, creating tension between mass distribution, media information, and the singular, unique painting. New data, TV, internet, and newspaper clippings will be added or otherwise integrated into the works, generating an evolving archive of news events. “There is no political power without control of the archive”, said Derrida. Max Schumann challenges this notion of the power of mass media. He responds to the public’s realization of new information coming out, as it accumulates in the paintings.

Set in the unique and active space of the TNC Gallery – which is filled with a constant flow of the general public, theater people, rehearsals and performance – the project will engage in the theatricality of the very space it occupies. Schumann is interested in the realization of the piece over time and how and what connections will be created between the art and news in progress, and an always changing audience.

In order to get a head start in creating a large body of new unfinished work based on current and emerging sources, the Painting News Project is prologued by a 2 week show titled Fuck Your Shit: Leftovers, Rejects and Other Stuff. This exhibition consists of approximately 300 paintings from the remnants of various painting installations Schumann has made over the past 15 years.
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