Max Colson

Max Colson uses photography, found images, computer-generated graphics and animation create prints, films and installations that explore the social and political aspects of architecture. Combining several strands of research, including the advertising of exclusive developments, the technical aspects of high-end architecture and online commentaries related to Britishness, his work disrupts and problematises the inherent utopian approach to architecture.

Artworks

A Continually Expanding, Cultural, Community and Commercial Offer

Giclée print mounted on acrylic
60x60cm
179.00

A Continually Expanding, Cultural, Community and Commercial Offer

An advertisement for an exclusive new architectural development has the architecture removed, leaving nothing but the utopian choreography of people at ease on a CGI sky.

Born Out of a Visionary Insight

Giclée print on acrylic
75 x 73 cm
179.00

Born Out of a Visionary Insight

An advertisement for an exclusive new architectural development has the architecture removed, leaving nothing but the utopian choreography of people at ease on a CGI sky.

The Green and Pleasant Land

HD Video, 14 mins

The Green and Pleasant Land

Taking as its subject different perceptions of the British landscape, this short animated film is a roaming exploration of national identity and collective history set in post-Brexit Britain. Using a 3D model of the United Kingdom, a variety of animated scenarios are created, inspired directly from user comments found left in response to online videos and newspaper articles concerning the English and British countryside.

Effortlessly Cool and Always Fashionable

100x67cm giclee print

Effortlessly Cool and Always Fashionable

Appropriated advertising imagery, used to sell London’s new privatised urban public spaces and luxury residential developments has had its computer-generated elements - mainly architectural and landscape features - simplified down into simple colour gradients. The remaining choreography of stock photography highlights the idealised vision the developments are trying to sell. The titles in the series refer to marketing slogans promoting similar imagery in various other exclusive privatised, public spaces in London.

Construction Lines

HD Video, 7 mins

Construction Lines

Construction Lines is a short animated film about the interior of an 'iceberg' home (a home where the sub-ground levels are larger than the house above). It shows this iceberg home rendered as a 3D model using the original architectural plans and architectural software. The iceberg home in question was not developed due to hundreds of objections from surrounding neighbours in Knightsbridge, West London. The narrative of the film and the scenes played out within it, are informed by the objections filed against the planning application.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 The Green and Pleasant Land, Arebyte, London, England

2015 Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 SPACE Art and Technology Programme Outcome Exhibition, Space, London, UK

2017 Compilation Angst, KOE-05 Berlin, Germany

2017 A Place for You To Dream, Republic Gallery, London, UK

2016 BoTu: Back and Forth, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2015 Data Rush, Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, Netherlands

2014 Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN14, Victoria Gardens & Regency Townhouse, Brighton, UK

2013 My Secret Life, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Other Projects

2018 Sheffield Doc  Fest, Sheffield, England

2018 Hamburg International Short Film  Festival, Hamburg, Germany

2018 Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, USA 

2018 Tilburg Architecture Film Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands 

2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK

2017 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2017 Architecture Film Festival London, London, UK

2017 Kassel Dokfest, Kassel, Germany

2017 Milano Film Festival, Milan, Italy

Residencies and Awards

2018 SPACE Art and Technology residency, SPACE, London, UK

2017 Winner, Tenderflix/Tenderpixel Gallery Artist Video Prize

2017 Winner of the Fiction Short category, Architecture Film Festival, London, UK

2017 Arebyte residency programme, Arebyte Gallery, London, UK

2017 Longlisted (in the last 17), Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018

2016 Longlisted (in the last 20), Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017

2016 ‘Rookies MA’ residency programme, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam

2015 Selected, Jerwood/Photoworks Portfolio Walk 2015

2015 Selected, Artquest Peer Forum Award Recipient

2015 Selected, Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 Open Call

2014 Winner, Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Fellowship (£15,000 award)

2014 Selected, Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN14

2013 Selected, C/O Berlin’s My Secret Life international open competition

2013 Selected, Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers competition

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