Off the Cliff – Contraptions & Publications by Tim Maxeiner
September 7 – October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 4 – 6pm
Regardless of form—whether three-dimensional constructions or two-dimensional publications— German-born, San Pedro-based artist Tim Maxeiner’s works emerge from an alchemy of insatiable curiosity and observant, often physical, interactions with his environment. His works are smart and timely, made with a playful inventor’s touch.
The reception at Flux will coincide with the opening of a beautiful fiber-art exhibition at the nearby design studio, Pretty Smart (http://pretty-smart.net/) on 4th Street, curated by artists from Textile Arts Los Angeles (www.textileartsla.org) .
About the Artist:
Tim Maxeiner was born in Germany and moved to San Pedro, California about a decade ago. He works in the fields of photography, video, assemblage (often kinetic) and publishes books and zines under the labels Spätzlehaus (Spätzle are German dumplings) and JA!NEIN. (Tim is 50% of JA!NEIN.) Tim’s book “Home Alone/Auto – Allein Zuhaus” was published by German publishing house Delius Klasing in 2013. It discovers the community of San Pedro through strange combinations of cars parked in front of houses. Maxeiner is interested in archiving, and storytelling, and in 2014 he collaborated with Cornelius Projects (San Pedro) on the exhibition SECOND THOUGHTS SAN PEDRO: Photographs from the San Pedro Bay Historical Society, Complemented with Contemporary Photographs and Videos by Tim Maxeiner. The exhibition received extensive press coverage that indicated an interest in San Pedro that extends beyond the boundaries of the city. Maxeiner worked as a camera operator and set photographer for the German television show, Entweder Broder, and in 2016 archived and edited photographs by German writer and journalist Henryk M. Broder for publication in the book, “Schwein Gehabt (I got lucky) – Photographs from Henryk M. Broder” published by Knaus/Randome House. Maxeiner’s photo-journalistic work has appeared in a wide range of German media like Die Welt, Spiegel‐Online and Zeit-Online. Recently Maxeiner has focused on kinetic assemblage work at his studio at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. In 2018 Maxeiner curated the exhibition Marina del Pedro (at Angels Gate Cultural Center) which was looking at the seaside community of San Pedro and its relation to the harbor, the Port of Los Angeles. The exhibition was supported by the Port of Los Angeles Community Investment Grant.