Maximus Clarke’s 3D video NOTHING CAN TEAR US APART will be on view at Hot Wood Arts in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, from Saturday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. The piece is part of BREAK THE CYCLE, an exhibition of contemporary political art dealing with threats to democracy, equality, and the environment. The show, curated by Megan Suttles, also features work by Julie Peppito, Julia Justo, and Thomas Lail.
The video is a stop-motion animated sequence of dystopian propaganda posters floating into view, and being unfolded, straightened, flattened, and taped down by invisible hands. Over time, posters are taped on top of other posters, strips of tape censor and alter slogans, and torn poster pieces are recombined to create ever more ominous messages.
Hot Wood Arts is an art center located in the Civil-War-era Beard Street Warehouse building, offering affordable work space, exhibition opportunities, and creative support to Brooklyn artists. A version of NOTHING CAN TEAR US APART was first presented at Hot Wood Arts in May 2017.