Band Teasers

A few months back I casually/vaguely mentioned that I'd joined a band...

Well two nights ago we played our first show- a brief 3 song set @ Dumbo Arts Center. It was a part of an event organized by Rumi Missabu, one of the original 13 Cockettes. 

We're going to be recording and gigging out like crazy in the near future, but I wanted to give you a little preview of the new sound. 

hope you all dig.


Band Teaser 2 from Max Vernon on Vimeo.




Watering the Flowers

I finally finished my centerpiece for the Now Showing exhibit in March yesterday. 

I spent the last month on it. It's the largest piece I've ever done and it incorporates a bunch of new techniques - glazing, ink washes, WORKING IN COLOR etc. 

At one point it was almost tossed out my window in frustration after I attacked it with a pair of scissors. Luckily my friend Danny Jackson (http://dannyj-art.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html) restrained me from more impromptu cropping. 

Hope you guys like it. 



Now Showing

I'm really excited to be involved with this art gala for Scholastic in March. Back when I was in high school I won a gold medal in the national arts competition for a self-portrait I did of myself as James Dean. 

I found a jpeg of it in the black hole that is my old yahoo email account and thought I'd post it. I finished it while I was @ RISD pre-college. It was the first acrylic painting I ever did. I was 16. ahhhhhh time. 

So, flash forward 6 years and I'm still posing like that in front of my mirror when no one else is around. The only difference is now, I do it when I'm naked. kidding...or am I? 

So, here is the press release for the event: 

NOW SHOWING features NYC’s most promising emerging artists along with literary performances by Lili Taylor and Jesse Eisenberg; a strolling fashion show; live music by Max Vernon; an exhibition of purchasable artwork; and a special performance by chamber-rock trio Rasputina.

Participating artists and musicians are past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which has an 88-year legacy and a roster of famous winners including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Redford and Richard Avedon.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 7 – 11pm

WHERE: Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. at East 4th St., NY, NY 10003


7:00 – 8:30pm: VIP Preview, $125 (open bar and hors d’oeuvres—ticket allows access the entire evening)

8:30 – 11:00pm: General Admission, $30 (open bar)

Tickets go on sale in January at www.artandwriting.org. Proceeds benefit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Awards.



Adriane Connerton, Valerie Crosswhite, Jonathan Cuba, Allison Edge, Abdi Farah, Amy Karle, Christopher Moss, Justin Nissley, Dawn Okoro, Anna Ortiz, Sarah Schrift, Lauren Simkin Berke, Alix Smith, Mara Sprafkin, Michael Tarbi, Max Vernon

Can't wait to see Rasputina perform. A couple years ago a friend from the anti-folk music scene, Sarah Bowman was touring with Melora as a cellist. Transylanian concubineeeeee. 


Blue Blood

in case you missed Banzai, this is my newest piece that was on display at the party.


This work is going to be part of a larger series that combines my typical pen and ink work with acrylic paint/abstraction.

I'm going to exhibit it in March @ an art gala, where I will also be performing alongside Rasputina. I'd reveal some of the other artists exhibiting (one of them was a personal hero of mine in high school), but I'm pretty sure the people at Scholastic would be pissed...so I'll have to be secretive and shady for now... 

Also, on a random note- I joined a dance punk band as its lead singer. The other guys in the band are a couple years younger than me, but they sure as hell can play their instruments. The first song I finished writing with them was inspired by Josephine Baker- erotic banana dancer, WW2 spy, universal mother, extravagantly glamorous contradiction of a human being. 

Here's a 30 second clip of the song, crappily recorded on a computer during a recent practice. Can't wait to get on the synthesizer and add some electronic texture. This feels like what I'm meant to be doing. 

What do you guys think?? 

  Josephine by maxsvernon






Max Vernon for Patricia Field

I was recently commissioned to create a work of art for the windows @ Patricia Field for Halloween. 

this is what I came up with: 

I'm really proud of the original image I created... Patricia Field has their own interpretation of my art up in their windows as of yesterday. If you're in the area, go check it out. 

302 Bowery.