Maximus Clarke
Since 2009
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Maximus Clarke is a multimedia artist.
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Maximus Clarke's RENDER @ the 2015 Governors Island Art Fair

Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:30 - Sun Sep 27, 2015

New York, New York
United States of America

Almost every facet of our existence is now subject to government and corporate surveillance and data mining systems. To them, we exist only as sets of quantified information — not as living beings. Maximus Clarke’s RENDER, on view now at the 8th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, is a depiction of human personhood under the reifying gaze of this new panopticon.

RENDER consists of a large wood and fabric installation, constructed and painted to resemble a set of concrete walls. On each of the 3 screens built into the vault-like structure, images of a woman and a man are rear-projected in stereoscopic 3D. When viewed with vintage-style red/cyan anaglyph glasses, the figures, photographed from 16 different angles, seem to rotate endlessly inside the structure, under the gaze of an omniscient surveillance apparatus. As they revolve, metallic glyphs and abstracts of personal data are projected onto the screens next to them.

Over an audio track of collaged voices and electronic sounds, the figures gradually lose their depth and are rendered into flat, pixelated grids of pure information. Finally, they dissolve into nothingness, as the data becomes the primary reality, and the people from whom it has been extracted disappear. We are left with a question: Can the private self endure in this new age, or are we all mere ghosts in the machine?

RENDER is one of six installations selected by the Governors Island Art Fair for a first-ever
exhibition of multimedia works inside the underground stone chambers of historic Fort Jay. The exhibition at the fort is open from 10.30am to 5pm, every Saturday and Sunday in September. Governors Island is accessible on weekends from both Manhattan and Brooklyn via ferry.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of of the Center for the Holographic Arts, where RENDER was developed during a summer 2015 residency.


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SLOTS by Maximus Clarke at Governors Island Art Fair

Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:00 - Sun Sep 28, 2014

New York, New York
United States of America

Maximus Clarke employs the metaphor of the slot machine to consider randomness in the life of the artist, only the payout isn’t anything like a deluge of coins; rather, it’s Western culture itself. --Kevin Kinsella, BOMB

SLOTS is a projection-mapped video installation by multimedia artist Maximus Clarke that considers questions of fate, chance, art, and entertainment, using the metaphor of a slot machine. Rows of brilliant images — traditional slot machine symbols, augmented with classic depictions of human faces from the history of Western art — are projected onto a staircase in a dark room. Periodically, the pictures blur into motion, to the sound of spinning gears, and then click into a new configuration.

When a four-in-a-row "jackpot" turns up on one of the steps, a bell begins to chime, the rows of icons fade away, and glowing words float across the stairs for a few moments. Textual sources include Andrei Tarkovsky, William Butler Yeats, a slot machine patent application, and the Biblical story of Genesis 28 — in which Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven, and a divine promise of prosperity and influence.

The projection of slot machine imagery on to a flight of stairs contrasts the repetitive, contained futility of a gambling device with the directed, functional, hierarchical structure of a staircase. Among the questions raised, but not resolved: Is the art world a set of steps that an artist can credibly climb to achieve significance and success, or a game of chance controlled by unseen forces?

First presented as a site-specific piece at Long Island City's Radiator Gallery in 2012, SLOTS has now been recreated as a freestanding work for the seventh edition of the Governors Island Art Fair. The fair features the work of 100 selected artists from around the world, including painting, video, photography, sculpture, installation, and sound art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition unfolds a short ferry ride away from Brooklyn and Manhattan, every Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.

SLOTS is on view on the 3rd floor of building 407B in the Colonels Row section of Governors Island, on September 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, between the hours of 11am and 6pm.

This version of SLOTS will be produced in a limited edition of 3 copies. Inquiries may be directed to the Governors Island Art Fair at

Video of the 2012 installation of SLOTS:


POLARITY: A Night of Polarized 3D Projections + Electronic Sounds

Wed Dec 18, 2013 18:30 - Wed Dec 18, 2013

Long Island City, New York
United States of America

The Center for Holographic Arts, in collaboration with the SPLICE electronic music performance series, is pleased to present POLARITY, a one-night exhibition of polarized 3D projections and electronic sounds.

The event begins with a selection of 3D still images from a roster of talented stereographers, projected in the cavernous lobby of the Holocenter in Long Island City, Queens, with a live ambient electronic soundtrack.


- Carlton Bright
- Maximus Clarke
- Dave Comeau
- Paul Johnson
- Zack Lieberman
- Gerald Marks
- John Zelenka
- Zoran Zelic


- tū (Jeremy Slater + Tamara Yadao)
- Chris Ianuzzi

The main event of the evening will be “Williamsburg Concerto No. 1”. 3D artist Carlton Bright has lived in and documented Williamsburg, Brooklyn for over 25 years. He assembled this ambitious and atmospheric 1-hour stereoscopic film from footage shot over the course of the decade spanning from 2003 to 2013. The work debuted at Ventana244 in spring of 2013, and was recently screened at Nitehawk Cinema.

Reviews of Williamsburg Concerto No. 1:
"Beautiful, poetic three-dimensional imagery. A micro-history of a particular place and time in New York City culture."
"Williamsburg as a theater of the streets, drunk with light, drunk with poetry, drunk with drunks."

A screening of Maximus Clarke’s 3D short OCCUPY YOUR MIND will precede Bright’s film. Filmed at the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park in fall 2011, it features Clarke as Maxx Klaxon, his dictatorial pop/performance-art alter ego. Clarke satirically instructs the protestors to ignore the broken socioeconomic system, and immerse themselves in the distractions of mass media. OCCUPY YOUR MIND was first screened at the Clocktower Gallery in January 2012.

During the events, visitors will also have access to the Vault Gallery of the Holocenter. The classic 1920s bank vault space features a permanent exhibition of of art holograms by veteran artists in the field, as well as fresh visions from around the world.

Complimentary snacks and drinks will be available.


POLARITY @ The Center for Holographic Arts
Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Q,N,R,7 train to Queensboro Plaza
OR E,M,R train to Queens Plaza
OR G train to Court Square + walk 5 blocks


Maxx Klaxon's AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 @ The RE/Mixed Media Festival

Sat Nov 10, 2012 13:15 - Sat Nov 10, 2012

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

The American election campaign may be over... but the remix goes on.

On Saturday, November 10, Maxx Klaxon presents a special encore edition of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012, at the RE/Mixed Media Festival in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 combines thematically attuned electropop songs with interactive video interrogations of the presidential candidates’ digital avatars, speaking in their own remixed words.

The result is a darkly hilarious satire of an infotainment-driven electoral process.

View a segment from the 2008 edition of the show here:


The RE/Mixed Media Festival
@ The Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Ave. (b/t Union + President Sts.)
$8 (for admission to all festival events)

Full festival schedule:



RSVP on Facebook:!/events/237096723082491


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Maybe they recognize the limitations and provisionality of their project, but nonetheless prefer construction to deconstruction.

Just a thought.