Identity In Transit is the first
major exhibition of works by painter, graphic designer and
screen printer, MAST
(Max Strasser) from Germany.
Featuring a new collection of work
created just for this exhibition, this
is a chance to delve into the murky world of Victorian crime. MAST manipulates and modifies his own creations interpreted from an archive of police photos of thieves and prostitutes after their arrest, using screen printing and paint. Reminiscent of an 1800’s rogues’ gallery, the artwork plays with the interaction between the viewer and the face looking out at them.
MAST’s interest in the human face comes from his understanding of expression as the most basic form of human communication. We see human features and faces in inanimate objects around us, and
attribute emotions to them.
MAST explores this perception through the process of abstraction.
Alongside the collection MAST was exhibiting another form of ‘found’ artwork; vandalised, ripped and destroyed posters. With these posters, similarly to the art, he questions the separation between artwork and random visual information between a maker’s purpose and accident. The posters also make a subtle reference to criminality in their likeness to ‘wanted’ posters.