Carey Maxon

Born 1978
Hometown Fairfax, CA
Lives and Works New York, NY
Education
BA Art History/Studio Art, Barnard College, New York, NY, 2000

Whitney Museum of American, New York, NY

MoMA, New York, NY

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Carey Maxon’s drawings emerge from an accumulation of repetitive yet irregular marks. As seen in her oil on linen painting No Horizon (2012), sometimes she covers surfaces in hand painted black dots–not a single one perfectly round–so that they take on an Op Art effect, faces or figures barely perceptible within a mosaic-like pattern. In other works, such as her Influence Schematic screenprint series, the dots themselves become the figure–each one an individual that possesses a unique size and outline. Here, a figure-ground relationship is established by the underscoring of equally idiosyncratic lines that bumpily meander up and down the page, grouping several dots together or breaking off to single others off. The imperfections Maxon’s dots and lines imbue abstraction with a pulsating humanity.


Her work has been exhibited in New York at Perogi, Miyakoyo Shinaga Art Prospects, and French Neon.

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