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Max Kauffman

March 20, 2013

Max Kauffman

Artist Max Kauffman makes work that evokes a post apocalyptic DIY culture where structures and life itself are cobbled together out of anything at hand. It’s making the most out of what you have and what’s around you.

Max’s art shows that our struggles, fears, victories and dreams haven’t changed much since the dawn of humanity, by portraying power and the ways it changes hands – among individuals, imparted to objects, and released from self. He draws inspiration from indigenous art across South America, music of many forms, and the makings of modern folk purveyors.

Max has shown work across the US for the past seven years, as well as in Italy, Israel, and Canada. He’s been featured in Juxtapoz, Lost at E Minor, Beautiful Decay, and Wallfarmers. Max has worked with Mountain Dew, Nike, and Arbor on projects, and has written for Hi Fructose on and off since 2008.

1. What is your hometown?

Hometown is South Bend, IN. Character building capitol of the midwest. But CO was where I lived for the last 6 years, and now I call the bay home.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

uh….tossup between Jason Lee’s character in Mallrats and Michael Showalter in Wet Hot American Summer

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

see above

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Stuff that takes risks, stuff where there’s conflict, strain, and a meaning and drive behind it.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I just finished 1491 and it was superb. New discoveries on the massive culture/world that existed in the Americas before Europe killed it off.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

last few months have been lots of Skelethon/Umphrey’s McGee/Lonserism(Tame Impala)

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Moonrise Kingdom

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10. How do you define sin?


11. How do you define virtue?


12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Sander Liendke
Jaime Molina
Rob Mack
Matt Speck

The Art of Max Kauffman

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