Max StolkinQuito, Ecuador

Red Lodge Clay – Center Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2016

Max grew up on a used car lot in Indiana and studied literature at The Evergreen State College. He studied art at Kunsthochschule Mainz. He has worked as a forklift driver, a furniture mover, doing residential construction jobs, and published books and print projects with Flat Fix, Universit√§t der K√ľnste Berlin, Gravel Projects, Printed Matter, Covertext, and others.

Max moved around a lot in the North Cascades and Olympic Peaks of the Northwest, where he worked as a lifeguard and as a clam digger. He has exhibited his work widely, including in exhibitions at Vie D’Ange, Kate Werble, Kansas Gallery, ChaShaMa, and the EFA Project Space. Max lives in Quito, Ecuador.


5,000 years ago water was brought to boil in a clay vessel in Valdivia. Water vapor in the form of steam rose from the lip of the vessel into the hydrosphere, where it cooled and coalesced into a cloud that was forming overhead. Precipitation from this cloud likely rained down onto a nearby deposit of clay. It is possible to extract an almost endless body of data from a collection of pottery shards.
-On Bringing Water to Boil in Valdivia, Gravel Projects