.Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft-sculpture studio practice has most recently expanded into the realm of inflatables. Greatly influenced by theatre, history, and the art of storytelling, Adrian is interested in the stories that an object can tell us. His sculptures are intricately pieced from highly tactile materials like faux-fur, faux-leather, and spandex. They often toe a borderline between playful and sinister, simultaneously conjuring images of children's playhouses and red-light dungeons. Adrian uses this borderline to pose questions about the ways in which we discover, discuss, and engage in our sexualities, as well as the communities that help to define us.
Adrian holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. He has participated in a variety of residencies including the New York Studio Residency Program (Brooklyn, New York), the Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, Missouri), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). and the Second Sight Project (Columbus, Ohio). Adrian is a current 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.