Shawn Maximo

“I wanted to pivot this piece to think about FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate). I wanted to look more at some of the underlying support structures that enable this type of greed and debt mongering. I wanted to talk more about debt in general, and credit, and the environments where you can physically experience interactions between the two, or the allure of one and the pressure of the other. . . . ”

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Shawn Maximo, digital rendering for *Pyre*, 2020. Custom display scaffold, eight-channel HD video on flatscreen monitors, monobloc chairs, and carpet, dimensions variable. With sound by Justin Simon. Courtesy the artist.\n
 
“Debt and Study,” The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, 2013

by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. These interdisciplinary thinkers have collaborated on a number of essays and publications that draw from the Black radical tradition and autonomist and postcolonial theories to put forth economic, political, and aesthetic critiques.

Shawn Maximo, installation view, *Pyre*, 2019. Installation of twelve-channel video on LED panels and Eames chairs, dimensions variable. With sound by Justin Simon. Courtesy Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zürich.
Shawn Maximo, *Torch*, 2019. Ignitable torch sculpture, 10.5 × 3 × 3 inches. Courtesy Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zürich.\n
Digital photo of Rent-A-Center, unknown location. Sourced online, 2020. Courtesy the artist.\n
 

Shawn Maximo (b. 1975, Toronto, Canada) holds a B.ASc in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a M.Arch and M.Eng. from Princeton University. Maximo’s works have been exhibited internationally in venues such as ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Wien, Austria; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; MoMA PS1, Queens, USA; and Perez Art Museum Miami, USA. He currently lives and works in Jamaica, New York.

Image in menu: Shawn Maximo, composite image of video stills, Pyre, 2020. Installation of twelve-channel video on LED panels and Eames chairs, dimensions variable. With sound by Justin Simon. Courtesy Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zürich.

Shawn Maximo

“I wanted to pivot this piece to think about FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate). I wanted to look more at some of the underlying support structures that enable this type of greed and debt mongering. I wanted to talk more about debt in general, and credit, and the environments where you can physically experience interactions between the two, or the allure of one and the pressure of the other. . . . ”

 
“Debt and Study,” The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, 2013

by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. These interdisciplinary thinkers have collaborated on a number of essays and publications that draw from the Black radical tradition and autonomist and postcolonial theories to put forth economic, political, and aesthetic critiques.

 

Shawn Maximo (b. 1975, Toronto, Canada) holds a B.ASc in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a M.Arch and M.Eng. from Princeton University. Maximo’s works have been exhibited internationally in venues such as ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Wien, Austria; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; MoMA PS1, Queens, USA; and Perez Art Museum Miami, USA. He currently lives and works in Jamaica, New York.

Image in menu: Shawn Maximo, composite image of video stills, Pyre, 2020. Installation of twelve-channel video on LED panels and Eames chairs, dimensions variable. With sound by Justin Simon. Courtesy Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, Zürich.