Max Kauffman’s Solo Show “Ghosts of Industry” All Through March!

March will be an exciting month for our artist friend Max Kauffman, as it will mark his first solo show in a notable amount of time! Kicking off March 6th at the Push Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina, Kauffman’s works will be up on display through the end of March.

Entitled “Ghosts of Industry,” the show focuses on what the artist describes as the “frailty of spirit, currently felt by many.” In these hard economic times, Kauffman’s pieces celebrate life brightly, with minor abstractions in the form of bleeding paints and hastily drawn shapes merely hinting at chaos.

Most of the pieces on display are mounted on board and encased in resin, making these web pictures lackluster by comparison. Expect thirty new paintings utilizing watercolors, acrylics, and gouache, as well as an installation developed exclusively for the gallery.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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