Untitled (baby octopus)
2021, colored pencil and pastel on paper
18 × 23.75 in
About the work
The drawing was started by placing it under an equally-sized piece of paper covered in transferable media. Using a blunt implement, in a sense ‘drawing blindly,’ I drew on its back surface at random. After removing the top sheet, I continued the drawing with colored pencils and pastel, using the ‘random’ transferred markings as a compositional armature. The result is an undersea libidinal scenario that has been reiterated for a few years in various media.
About the artist
Max Maslansky is a painter and ceramic sculptor based in Los Angeles. He has held solo exhibitions over the years in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Marfa, Texas, Paris, France, and Geneva, Switzerland. He’s been included in group exhibitions worldwide. He was included in Made in LA at the Hammer Museum in 2016. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and many other private collections worldwide.