San Francisco-based artist David Maxim creates works that straddle the line between paintings and sculpture, often combining elements from both disciplines. David’s works are heavy and textural in aesthetic.
I’m enjoying looking through David’s portfolio at his recent series of String Paintings. Each rectangular substrate appears to have been marked by a paint-covered string, either pressed into existing pigment, or pulled across a blank surface to create striking wave-form markings. The resulting abstract works feature a wide ranging color palette, with playful, curved lines creating a sense of movement that draws the eye across the surface. I also appreciate David’s choice to frame each work in a sort of wire fence-like construction – adding his signature sculptural touch while reinforcing the nature of his painting process.
David’s series of Moments is also fascinating, and quietly beautiful. Each set of small paintings relates to itself in a mimicry of fragmented memories and hints of emotion, using mostly abstracted compositions and planes of pure color.