B.G. Muhn New Paintings
BG Muhns recent paintings seek to express the relationship between our
irrational and spiritual selves. Painted in a combination of transparent
layered images and strongly delineated black abstract shapes, the contrasting
means can be read as inner worlds interrupted by reality, or everyday lives
beset by flashes from the subconscious.
Muhn finds inspiration in the indeterminate states of dreams and meditative
silences, in which simplified forms and core images hint at revealing aspects
of our psyche. The diffused fields of pastel color are interspersed with
surrealistic juxtapositions: prostrate bodies, anxious expressions, animals
and commonplace objects all expound upon the unknowable and indescribable.
As Eleanor Heartney has written in Art in America, "What makes these images
both disquieting and compelling is the sense that they are merely the visual
manifestations of mysterious hidden forces Too vividly represented and too
powerfully felt to be mere illusions, they nag at the viewers consciousness
with unrelenting persistence."
After studying journalism in Seoul, the Korean-born Muhn pursued art in the
United States, and is currently a professor of painting at Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C. Recent international group shows include
"American Art Today" at the Art Museum at Miami International University, and
the first Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea.
PROJECT ROOM: Clay Ervin Sculpture
Ervins iron and aluminum sculptures marry the seriality and simplicity of
Minimalist forms with the specific content evoked by highly-detailed cast
textures. Through the casting of familiar objects such as a shirt tucked
into belted jeans or the bark of a tree, the intricate "skins" serve as a
referential shorthand, bringing a human presence to the industrial refinement.
Born in 1954, Ervin lives and works in New Jersey and has been included in
shows at the Rosa Esman Gallery, New York and the New Jersey State Museum,