Max Cleary: Getting to Where I’m Going

Max Cleary, Getting to Where I'm Going. © 2015 (video still)
Max Cleary, Getting to Where I’m Going. © 2015 (video still)

4Culture is proud to present Getting to Where I’m Going by Max Cleary on e4c, our storefront media gallery. Cleary’s work will launch on e4c’s screens on First Thursday, January 7 at 6 pm and will run in conjunction with works by fellow media artists, Joseph Gray, Barbara Robertson, Tess Martin and Evertt Beidler from 7 am to 10 pm daily.

Getting to Where I’m Going presents a collection of personal truths, findings, and reminders that Cleary has written down over time. He began collecting them in his sketchbooks when he first arrived to Seattle, five years ago. After sifting through these quips, he selected and illustrated ideas that have affected him and stuck with him the most “in getting to wherever it is I am in life at any given time.”

“My work focuses on being within a constant state of reaching or trying, where an end point is never firmly realized. To be on the verge of becoming is a desperate and vulnerable place to be, but it is also one of truth. You’re concerned with an end point and what your vision of that end is. You are filled with a sort of hope in your belief that you will arrive there at some point. You begin, you attempt, and hopefully you arrive at a place of fulfillment. I’m interested in that middle stage of reaching and in the idea of it perpetuating, to never successfully reach that destination.”

Cleary is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and currently lives and works in Seattle. He received his BFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington in 2014.

We hope you’ll stop by to see his work on our screens!