Not everyone has been to the bottom of a well. Some people have, but not everybody. Some people have maybe thrown some change down one, but they haven't seen where the change landed. And still some people have never even seen the top of a well. At The Bottom Of The Well, the debut solo exhibit from Max Schieble AKA Elbows, explores an unseen world both playful and dark, through original visual and audio works.
Elbows' visual works span across drawings, paintings, and prints. His witty aesthetic combines vibrant oafs, legged-furniture, and polka dotted-limbs, with themes of isolation, uncertainty, and identity. Influenced by cubism, surrealism, and cartoons, Elbows' figures found on canvases and prints are multi-faced, and disjointed, contorting and unraveling to reveal lots of colorful layers. His drawings settle on a simpler palette of black and white, occasionally with a hint of color, depicting scenes both comedic and introspective.
Working across multiple mediums, Elbows aims to create a more encompassing experience for the viewer. As a songwriter and producer, Elbows' style is rooted in jazz and hip hop. At The Bottom Of The Well includes a soundtrack composition, incorporating programmed drums, live instrumentation, and vocal samples lifted from classic songs and films, to be released online soon.
Original works and prints available through firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Crouched" | 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas
"Orchard" | 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas
"Next Time" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"Matter Over Mind" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"Little Fellow" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"Making A Splash" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"Tunnel" | 12" x 18" screen print, ink on paper
"Shooter" | 12" x 18" screen print, ink on paper
"Signs" | 12" x 18" screen print, ink on paper
"Headshot" | 8" x 10" ink on paper
"You, Again" | 8" x 10" ink on paper
"Kismet" | 8" x 10" ink on paper
"Missing!" | 8" x 10" ink on paper
In July 2015 I created these three pieces for Eastmen Collective's group show "Kaleidoscope," shown at Lynos Wier Gallery in Chelsea.
About the show:
Kaleidoscope is a group print exhibition inspired by the etymological roots of the show’s title. Kaleidoscope is derived from three ancient Greek words, Kalos, “meaning beautiful or of quality”, Edios, “meaning that which is seen: the form, shape, and fashion”, and Skopéō, “meaning to examine.”
Kaleidoscope is an examination of beautiful forms. It is also about perspective and the shared spirit between the artist and the art enthusiast; the nature of one placing their point of view along with themselves on display for all to see. It is an observation of vulnerability, honesty, and how we reconcile ourselves with the world around us.
The exhibition features over 20 emerging painters, photographers, collagists, illustrators, graffiti writers, and multimedia artists.
"A Ladder" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"Give Up The Goods" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
"He Man" | 18" x 24" ink on paper
These are section dividers that I made for Quiet Lunch Magazine, for their second physical issue, releasing Winter '14.
Cover for Boston-based jazz-funk band, The New Review's self-titled debut.
Cover for Connecticut emcee trio, Northern Light's, "Dear God 4" album.
Cover art for Boston-based funk band, Evolfo Doofeht's "Mechanicals" single. They are really into mustaches, which is why the lettering is made of mustaches.
These are flyers I've made.
"Old Questions" is a series of illustrations that focuses on two types of questions: the arbitrary, inessential questions you ask through the day, and the heavier, reoccurring questions that those daily ones seek to block out. The imagery and characters here are decidedly simplified and cartoony in order to focus on the theme of the collective series.