Lyons Wier Gallery presents JEFF MUHS - Supernature | STEPHANIE HIRSCH - Indestructible "Redux"
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Jeff Muhs, Waters of Oblivion, 2017
Oil & mixed media on canvas
62 x 72 in / 158 x 183 cm
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: February 2 - 25, 2017
Supernature: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to announce our forthcoming exhibition, “Supernature” by Jeff Muhs.
Jeff Muhs uses the idea of supernature as an ongoing manifestation of self-discovery for his painting process both intended and happenstantial. Muhs creates work that has become its own unique process of natural creation and discovery. This process began when he first stumbled upon a more spontaneous method of mark-making using improvised brushes and black oil paint over a highly prepared surface. Through the random and overlapping application of paint thinned to various degrees, an organic black and white cosmos evolves. These initial paintings, or backgrounds, are simultaneously ethereal and earthly, displaying an intuitive playfulness that is buttressed by the artist’s knowledge and understanding of his materials.
The black and white backgrounds serve as inspiration for the opaque areas of color that is applied next. These dense areas of color compliment the under-painting by offering a sense of order and stasis. Working within the randomness of the backgrounds, the artist composes colored areas that create a Taoist whole between the two main contradictory compositional elements. The push and pull between background and foreground allows the viewer to move in, out and through the matrix of paint. The fields of color present a plane where the eye can rest, an area where the turbulence ceases and subtleties emerge, and the true beauty of the work is divulged. It is here, at this crossroads of intention and chance, where expanses of dense color delicately dance with churning areas of black and white that a new order reveals itself...a new order that the artist has graciously pulled back the curtain to reveal its mastery.
Jeff Muhs received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1988. His work can be found in several private and public colections, namely Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Hunter Museum, Memphis, TN, Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD, Federal Savings and Loan Bank, Memphis, TN, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY and Cantor Fitzgerald among others. Jeff Muhs had great success with the recent auction on ARTNET. We are happy to share that “The Kingfisher Incident,” 52" x 60", 2016 sold for $19,200, wel over the $12,000-$14,000 estimate! Jeff Muhs lives and works in Southampton, NY.
MEET THE ARTIST: Saturday, February 4, 3-5pm
Exhibition Dates: February 1 -18, 2017
**Lyons Wier Gallery PROJECT SPACE**
203 West 20th Street @ 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
I have always defined luck as when chance and opportunity meet. When Stephanie Hirsch's show "Indestructible" opened last November it was during the US Elections. People came in and read her mantras, "All Of This Is Temporary," "It Did Not Ruin Her," In Time It Will All Make Sense," Let It All Go," among others, as deeply political. There was an immense overtone of doom and gloom. But, what a difference a day makes! Now that people have had time to digest and evaluate their emotions, conversations around Stephanie's work have shifted from disillusionment to empowerment. Almost as if an exclamation point magically appeared, her affirmations "All Of This Is Temporary!" "It Did Not Ruin Her!" etc., now have a different tenor, shedding new light and perspective on the work. Herein lies Hirsch's 'luckiness'... how lucky is it that an artist who planned an exhibition 18 months ago completely speaks to our zeitgeist? How lucky is it for an artist whose work organically echoes the sentiments of so many?
We are hosting a two week "redux" from her "Indestructible" exhibition in November in our project space at 203 West 20th Street @ 7th Avenue in Chelsea.
MEET THE ARTIST - Sat, Feb 4th from 3-5pm
We invite you to come this Saturday and meet Stephanie Hirsch who will be on hand to chat about her work.
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1 212 242 6220
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am-6pm