Interpreting sonic commotion into a visual language is the jumping-off point for my artistic practice. Be-bop jazz and other loud, abrasive music is hugely influential to the way I play with the interaction of forms. The name of this show is derived from the juxtaposition between chaotic sound and serene calm. This balance is a concept I explore in my sculptures and paintings. I find steel and paint, especially acrylic, on canvas to be the most apt media for these investigations. There are few materials that have as much potential for spontaneous attack and improvisation as welded steel. With it, I strive to elicit a sense of erratic movement that is harmonious enough as to seem fluid. For me, painting functions as an extension of my sculptures that I can work with rapidly, and with color as the focus. I use all of these elements to work intuitively, making marks that determine or inform the next decision. This process allows me to focus on rhythm and movement as guides for my artistic output.
Max Baynes is an artist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He works predominantly in steel sculpture and abstract painting. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been a resident artist three separate times in different capacities at Salem Art Works in Salem, New York and has two outdoor sculptures installed there.