Statement

My art is a pictorial representation of the contemporary American Landscape. All of my works are made from wood I fell and mill, invasive botanicals, and litter I collect from wild spaces throughout the Northeast. The sculpture’s display the devastating impact pollution and climate change has on the environment. The garbage speaks to the massive problem of pollution. The wood itself comes from trees mortally damaged from sever weather systems.

From a biological perspective, the collection of of materials shows evidence of a beautiful world slowly dying. Anthropologically, it speaks of an inequitable society where the empathetic actions of many are eclipsed by a portion of people driven by greed, vanity, and arrogance.

Bio

Max Bard’s work speaks directly to the complex and problematic relationship between industry and the American landscape. Born in Rowley, MA, Max studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA 2013), and Boston University (MFA 2019). For years Max worked as an arborist and Park Ranger for U.S. Fish & Wildlife. He was named one of “2019’s Artist to Look Out For” by the Boston Globe. That year Max also attended the Sam & Adell Golden Art Foundation Residency and received the Ester B. Kahn Award, for his conservation based art practice and environmental activism. Max has developed various conservation based projects to create site specific sculptures for companies, public parks, and educational institutions, including Google (Cambridge, MA), Golden Paints (New Berlin, NY), The Kennedy Children Center (Manhattan NY), The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Build Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center (Boston, MA), and The Muddy River Reservation State Park (Boston,MA). In 2020 Max was a speaker and panelist alongside Annie Leonard (VP Green Peace) at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. In 2021 Max was the head carpenter, responsible for building all of the sets for an upcoming Mika Rottenberg (Hauser & Wirth) feature film. The productions main set is a 2000 sq ft. futuristic “luxury Green apartment”. Max’s own personal art is also featured in the movie.

For the last three years Max has traveling around Northern Appalachia, performing conservation work, creating art in the landscape, and working as an arborist. He spends most days picking up trash, and providing sanative arbor work in neglected forests. At night Max resides in his Ford Ranger pick up, which is almost exclusively parked at, Walmart, Dunkins, or a wooded portion of a client’s property. Max sleeps a in canvas bivy sack with a wool blanket, eats mostly caned beans with fry bread, cooked over fire in a dirty pan.

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