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Maxwell Hyett

Maxwell Hyett is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist. His work explores issues of meaning, simultaneity, and the relationship between language and reality. These issues emerge primarily as a concern with information and its reception: how is information made; where is it stored; and what happens when we retrieve it? Maxwell develops these ideas by creating collisions between technology and historical objects and processes.

Maxwell Hyett
 

Maxwell Hyett

 
 
 

Biography

Maxwell Hyett is an artist and theorist based around and between Toronto and Montreal. His work explores issues of meaning, possibility and the fuzzy limits between virtuality and reality. These issues emerge primarily as a concern with information and its reception: how is information made; where is it stored; and what happens when we retrieve it? Maxwell develops these ideas by exploring things that are the same in the wrong ways: synonyms, stone and Plexiglas, paper and photoshop, 2D and 3D space, illusion and reality.

His recent artwork has sought to turn literature into topographies—turning the legible into lumps—by considering the 'depth' of writing. His recent writing has investigated the role of fingers in the digital and what shape of Dadaist suffering.

Maxwell holds a BFA from OCAD University and an MA from Western University. He primarily works with acrylic sheets, paper and composite materials by using techniques in relief sculpture, laser cutting and soft forms of destruction. Maxwell is currently a PhD student at The Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism at Western University and is represented by Galerie Youn, Montreal.

 

Curriculum Vitæ

Education

2023 PhD - Theory & Criticism, Western University, London
2019 MA - Theory & Criticism, University of Western ON, London ON
2015 BFA - Drawing & Painting, OCAD University, Toronto ON
2014 OCAD University Florence Off-Campus Program

Solo Exhibitions

2018 An Unbiased Review: After Karla Black (w Ioana Draomir), Lilliput Gallery, London, Ontario
2017 Forêts de Symboles, Galerie Youn, Montreal QC
2016 Lacuna, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019 With Sound of Hands, DVSA Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
2018 Anima Casa, Daníel Diaz Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
2018 Black & Noir, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec
2017 Spirit of Difficulty, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2017 5/5/5, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec
2017 – Signals & Sentiments, Critical DistanceL, CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario
2017 Exposition le 14 Janvier, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec
2017 Salon XI, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2016 Transformation: An Exhibition of Altered Books, Helson Gallery, Halton Hills, ON
2016 4th Anniversary: Composition poétique quotidienne, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec
2016 OKAY Dispatch 1, Electric Perfume, Toronto, Ontario
2016 We Are Symbols, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2016 Gallery Artists Exhibition, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Quebec
2016 Salon X, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015 Walnut Studios Career Launcher, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario
2015 – 7th Annual Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, Ontario
2015 Sonder, Steam Whistle Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015 EXHIBIT A (life), OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2015 100th Grad Ex, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2015 A Home For [ __ ], 627 Richmond St West, Toronto, Ontario
2015 INTRO: Digital Interaction, OCAD University Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015 Festival of the Body, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2015 Lo Studio Divino, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Two-Week Marriage: DRPT Thesis Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Group Show, Ete, Florence, Italy
2014 Il Studio Divino, OCAD University Florence Campus, Florence, Italy
2014 Staging Reality, British Institute, Florence, Italy
2013 Art Salad, Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2013 Bad Dream, Good Dream, The Art Bar, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
2013 Salon 7, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario
2012 11th Annual Juried Art Salon, Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Kingston, Ontario
2011 10th Annual Juried Art Salon, Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Kingston, Ontario
2011 Mind and Body, Transit Space, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

Awards

2018-2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Master’s Award (SSHRC)
2018-2019 Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)
2017-2018 Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS)
2015 Av Isaacs Award, OCAD University
2012-2013 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, OCAD University
2010-2011 Josephine Polera Entrance Scholarship, OCAD University
2010-2011 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, OCAD University
2009 Specialist High Skills Major in Arts & Culture, Kingston, Ontario

Residences

2017 Anima Casa Rural, Self-Directed, San Isidro Mezatapec, Mexico

Art Fairs

2018 Papier18, Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
2016 Art Toronto, Galerie Youn, Toronto ON
2015 Art Toronto, OCAD U, Toronto ON

Public Projects

2018 Form Together, Open Space Gallery, PATCH Project/TRIDEL/OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

Press and Publications

2018 Hyett, Maxwell “Use(ful/less) Schematics” Drain 15:1, (2018) Web.
2017 Hyett, Maxwell and Jason Haladyn, Julian "Stavrinaki, Maria. Dada Presentism" Dada/Surrealism 21 (2017): n. pag. Web.
2016 Jordan-Haladyn, Miriam “Art as a Measure of Discombobulation: Three Recent works by Maxwell Hyett” Kapsula Magazine Good Measure 3/3 (2016) Web.
2016 Hyett, Maxwell and Jason Haladyn, Julian “Palmer, Helen. Deleuze & Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy (2016) Web.
2016 Hyett, Maxwell “This should be good.”, Kapula Magazine Good Measure 3/3 (2016) Web.

Conferences

2019 “Max Ernst’s Poor Image,” UAAC Conference, Quebec City

Artist Talks

2017 Drawing I (DRPT 1005), Guest Speaker, OCAD University
2015 Contemporary Art Theory (CAND 6B02), Guest Speaker, OCAD University