October 16 – November 6, 2014
Works by Armin Mühsam
Artist Lecture: Friday, October 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception: Friday, October 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
My work focuses on the changing and changed landscape, particularly the relationship between the natural and the human-built. I have come to the conclusion that technology (read: western man) writes or draws into a landscape just like an artist would draw on a sheet of paper – through and with technology forms are assembled and manipulated to compose a kind of environment that suits man’s needs. The result is a system of utilitarian edifices which symbolize our obsession with ordering the world.
I am interested in the structures we build on and into the ground, the imprint something hard and angular leaves in the soft earth. I believe these structures are the embodiment of how we view ourselves in relation to our non-human environment and how we think the world should be. In other words, they are the physical manifestations of the worldview that produces them - a classificatory way of thinking that measures every aspect of the natural world with a view of extracting economic value from it.
I imagine the land after technology has rendered it nearly uninhabitable, despite its promises to create a better world. My compositions depict the absence of humans but not of humanity: man-made landscapes after the disappearance of the natural.
Armin Mühsam graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany (1994) and from Montana State University in Bozeman (1997). Since 2000, he has been teaching at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, where he is currently Professor of Painting. Mühsam has had more than 35 solo shows in the U.S. and abroad, and was featured in over 150 group exhibitions. He is represented by Ambacher Contemporary in Munich, Germany.
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