Maximilian Schubert’s paintings draw on a millennia-old process similar to lost wax casting as a means to fundamentally alter the nature of the painterly object. Schubert’s strokes necessitate the removal of material rather than its addition as in a conventional painting; the gouges and alterations of the picture plane result in tense overlays of high and low relief that blur distinctions between surface, support and gesture. Cast in archival polyurethane and fiberglass and finished with trompe l’oeil brushwork, these paintings are a kind of fugitive from sculpture that reimagines the painting as object. Maximilian Schubert (b. 1983) studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.