Five questions to Max Brück

Five questions to Max Brück

Max Brück likes to build things and look for the stories behind them. The artist, who was born in 1991, lives and works in Offenbach/ Germany. He studied here at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.

How did you get into art?

I would actually classically say that the origin of my artistic activity lies in my childhood. I have always liked to build things. In addition, storytelling has a long tradition in my family. I don't mean the classic fairy tale, but rather the common telling of everyday situations. At the age of 18 I moved from a small village to Frankfurt and from there on the city and the question of ownership played a big role. Today I would also say that I am an artist because there are no alternatives. Its connected to my privileges and my rejection of a classic wage labor.



How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

I build machines that at first seem hard and industrial. But for me it's about where the objects come from and what history they bring. Actually, I want to bring out the emotional and hidden narrative of an objects. I used to work a lot on personal memory but am moving more and more to collective thoughts and questions in my last works. I'm at a point where I don't want to put myself in the native center anymore.

How do you go about developing your work?

It often starts with a find that somehow speaks to me. The found I then first saved without having a concrete idea. I only notice "that there is electricity on it". I then do a lot of research and build only at the very end in a compact craft phase.

Who or what influences you?

I am concerned with the rapid urban change in Europe and the associated displacement of people and open spaces. I think we are used to living in a diverse and evolved environment. In my hometown of Offenbach, for example, entire city districts are being created in a very short time. There is no real time to reflect and incorporate human needs and memories. In my work I try to document these processes of change again and again.

Make us curious. What is planned next?

This is going to sound big, but I'd like to make a fresh artistic start. I'm just tired of some things. I want to find new materials and break away from old patterns. In concrete terms, the production of a catalog is on the agenda and some exhibitions for 2023 are also already planned.


ABLUFT 2022, Photo: Tin Triebel

HEIZKRAFTWERK 2019, Installation, Steel, paper data shredder, briquette press

OFFENBACH-NEU 2021, Installation with Mathias Weinfurter, Steel rack, wooden poles, street lamps 

0-5MM 2022, Installation, vibrating sieve, glas, archive lamps, renovation waste from several places around Katowice, PL, Photo: Kacper Krzętowski

BAUBOOM 2020, Installation, Shuttering boards, concrete, smoke pipe 400 x 340 x 90 cm Photo: Lina Katz