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Peter Max Lawrence


Peter Max Lawrence is an artist, filmmaker and in[ve]stigator. Born in Topeka; adopted soon thereafter and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. Over the course of his life and career, he has created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a wide variety of approaches, media and themes. Lawrence’s visual art, performances and videos have been presented internationally in venues ranging from basement bathrooms to major museums. Among some recent works of note are The Battle of the Last Goodbye, a massive installation composed of thousands of paintings, videos and sculptures situated among a collaborative two-person exhibition titled AT WAR with artist and poet Truong Tran at SOMArts and was funded by the Commons Fund & Curatorial Residency. QUEER in KANSAS is his critically acclaimed autobiographical short film that screened at Frameline and several other international film festivals. The experimental short de Young, which was created while working as an artist-in-residence at the museum under sculptor Ian McDonald, was later featured on KQED's Truly California. In addition he has also directed music videos for Carletta Sue Kay and Krystle Warren. Currently he is the curator for The One and Art Thieves as well as developing a slew of collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers.