NO SHAME AT SEA
For his first two-person exhibition in Paris, Max Maslansky has arranged a group of recent paintings and ceramics, most of which made during his month-long stay in France. In these works, Maslansky has evolved his motifs gradually away from pornography and into marine life. The animals on which Maslansky fixates include crabs, octopus, sea stars, and other creatures. Beautiful, alien, and sensual, he interprets their forms loosely, allowing for various poetic and nonmarine associations to occur. Our perception of the deep ocean as this vast expanse where all life began is assumed by the artist at the outset. Under these auspices, there is no better setting in which Maslansky can exorcise the shame that has been the undercurrent of his past work. Alongside a crustacean or cephalopod, shame can theoretically live freely. In this space, personal fantasy can take better hold of the object as Maslansky leaves behind pornography’s collective fantasies.