Max Steele


I grew up in California and began writing zines and making performance art in the context of punk music when I was a teenager, often performing at houses, outdoor generator-powered shows, and at traditional punk clubs. I went to Sarah Lawrence College, where I studied Fiction and Art History. After moving to New York in 2006, I began self-publishing the experimental fiction zine Scorcher, and began performing material from the zine at spoken-word events. I’ve been in a one-person band since 2003 called The Icebergs, then Max Steele & the Party Ice. I was part of Richert Schnorr’s dance-video band GRAPHIC.GLORY in 2008. I currently play music in the queercore goth duo B0DYH1GH. Since 2005 I’ve made solo performance art work, presenting at venues throughout New York such as Dixon Place, the New Museum, Deitch Projects, BAM, Envoy Enterprises, PPOW Gallery, and the Queens Museum.


ENCOURAGER is a new solo performance by Max Steele. Fictive secular spiritual guru Billy Cheer leads a Courage Workshop, leading the audience through new emotional strategies, drawing from the vernaculars of self-help books, queer and punk subcultures and radical politics, working towards personal liberation through self-destruction. [ video ]

Mapplethorpe is a kind of service, a product or device. A disposable personality, a soulless soul-singer, a TV character set to self-destruct, a eulogy to stay alive, a pop star designed for rancor. A lover who cannot bear the weight of the spotlight and whose incineration glimmers on command. [ video + video ]

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