Max Sudhues Statement

Max Sudhues

“While observing my work, I want the spectator to enter an environment that is both poetic and threatening, balancing on the verge of dreams and nightmares. In the tradition of the ‘collage’, I create (moving) images and spaces where the original objects remain visible, but faded, so that a number of associative interpretations may be possible. I try to achieve this through transforming banal and everyday objects through light projections, and to transform them to unexpected proportions and interpretations. Each object retains its own functionality within the installation, but it is invariably connected to a bizarre, narrative and complex imaginary world. I am interested in different visual layers. Behind the trusted run-of-the-mill foreground, I am searching for moments of confusion and alienation, for apparitions that may try to ‘break open’ a normal perception. In an “obstacle course” of installations, various projections, video loops, photography, site specific interventions and a great range of combined materials, I want to explore the boundaries of analogue and digital, light and shade. Using different projection methods – from office lamp to beamer – I create images. I refer to the apparent static state of everyday affairs, which are, in reality, subject to constant change, to create allegorical, sometimes stirring worlds of pictures which, though man is absent from them, nevertheless indicate his actions and his standards in a field of tension spanning emotion, technology, architecture, society and nature.”