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'Max The Artist' By Emmett Redding

Emmett Redding a talented Melbourne filmmaker and a good friend of mine has produced a neat little documentary about my work. The film looks at my three major projects to date, and includes some insight into South By Scooter. Emmett also managed to mask my annoying repetitive hand gestures - a task only a truly talented director could accomplish. 

If you enjoy my work, would like to know a little more about it, or are as into behind the scenes things as I am, I encourage you to check it out:

 

Summer Print Sale!

To clear the slate for a year of exciting new work I am holding my first ever summer print sale. I am excited to be able to offer limited prints from The Descent of the Dodo and Max To Moon at some really great prices.

The prints are all selected from editions of 10, they are archival inkjet prints, mounted on sturdy and light foam backings - ready to go straight on the wall.

As I am offering these prints at dramatically reduced prices the stock is very limited. If you like the work I encourage you to get in touch - as the prints will not be available for these prices again.

The prints on offer are:


The Descent of the Dodo 1.1

2011, archival inkjet print, 140x64cm.

One available.

The Descent of the Dodo 1.2

2011, archival inkjet print, 80x64cm

One available.

The Descent of the Dodo 1.3

2011, archival inkjet print, 140x64cm.

Two available. One available.

The Descent of the Dodo 1.4 "The moon can fly, but it has no wings!"

2011, archival inkjet print, 80x64cm

Two available. One mounted. One unmounted

The Earth Photographed From Space. From Max To Moon.

2010, archival inkjet print, 105x80cm.

One available.

The Moon Photographed From Space. From Max To Moon.

2010, archival inkjet print, 105x80cm.

One available.

If you're interested in any of these pictures, would like to know pricing, or have any other enquiries - do not hesitate to contact me at max@maxpiantoni.com .

Happy New Years!
Max

I am 'Writing' a 'Book'.

For quite a while now I’ve been working on something codenamed ‘The Wonder Project’. It is a ‘digital picture book’  and it’s super exciting. The technology is exciting, the pictures are exciting, but most importantly the story is pure excitement! It’s a true catalyst for the reader’s imagination… like a book - but it’s alive… like a film. 

At the moment when relatives ask about it over dinner I call it a ‘digital picture book’ because in my awkward fumble for an analogy I grab the closest one I can find, but it’s a flaky one. This mode of storytelling is just as much like-and-unlike a video game, and just as much like-and-unlike a movie as it is like-and-unlike a traditional picture book. Follow?.. ? … Great!

The story, the pictures, everything is designed for the digital picture book experience.

I’d like to step into this field, still so young that it doesn’t have a good name, and create a masterpiece - perhaps the first - of a digital picture book. A book that draws on all of the great things about the new medium and lets go of all of the rear view mirror mentalities around which so many digital picture books are built today. A fancy powerpoint presentation my ‘book’ is not. From the ground up my ‘book’ is written for touch screen devices, the story, the pictures, everything is designed for this experience. I hope to create a genre-defining work.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, my work over the last few years has been leading me directly to this point. My decidedly non-digital looking pictures, with all of their texture, honesty and mistakes are just begging to be brought to life, in a way that doesn’t only say “Look at me!” but positively screams “Jump on in, you’re a part of this world now too. Let’s escape together!”.

I am unashamedly a massive geek, as you may have noticed I also fancy myself an Artist. Well the Geek-Copter just collided with the Art-Blimp and the fire has given birth to one hell of a monster.

It’s about a boy who stands still for a moment and ends up on the other side of the world.

‘So what’s it about!?’ I hear you collectively feign interest… Well I can’t tell you everything yet but I will tell you this; it’s about a boy who stands still for a moment and ends up on the other side of the world. Now - the really really exciting part is how he gets there, and that’s also the part that i’m not going to tell you yet. Dear reader, If you would like to find out you will have to be patient. I promise it’s worth the wait…

One year. One year and it’s yours. I’d love to have it out quicker, but I’m flying one hundred percent solo on this one. I’m writing it myself, I’m constructing all of the pictures (there are heaps of pictures) and even building the iPad app myself. Great things take time! But perhaps the hardest part is already done… After a year of false starts and amusing but ill-fated pursuits I have concocted my most exciting story yet - but there is still a tremendous amount of work to do and surely numerous unforeseen hurdles to overcome. With approximately thirty pages - each of which  is alive and participatory - this is far far more ambitious than anything I have attempted. More ambitious even than going to the moon. But I know I can do it.

It’s about making entertaining things and delivering them directly to people who want to be entertained.

This is about far more for me than just writing a book, it’s a step towards independence… It’s about building a business around a simple goal. To make entertaining things and to sell them directly to people who want to be entertained. The iPad and digital distribution have made this possible in a way that artists and entertainers could never have dreamed of just three years ago. What a fantastic time to be young and foolish! 

I went to art school to study photography but I gave up on calling myself a ‘Photographer’ a long time ago. The truth is you chose the medium with which you can best say what you want to say. I’m a storyteller now. I have a story to tell, and the absolute best way to tell it, the best way to experience it, the best way to be moved by it, and the best way for it to make you jump with excitement is for it to be delivered as a perfect little package of ones and zeros, of light and shade, of colour, of sound, of immersive interaction and participation. You are the protagonist buddy! Not  Katniss Everdeen… Not Tom Cruise… YOU!

So stay tuned.

Artist Talk: On Dodos

Here I am talking about my work The Descent of the DodoThe talk was a lot of fun, and offers rare insight into the process and life of a photographer of impossible things. I enthusiastically recommend you grab a cup of tea and check it out!

There’s just one more week left to catch The Descent of the Dodo at the Counihan Gallery as part of the exciting show First & Last. My work is moving ahead very quickly these days, it is likely there will not be another opportunity to see this piece in the flesh. Don’t miss out!