Stephen Mueller "Selected Works 2007 - 2011"

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This is the gallery’s second exhibition of Stephen Mueller’s work and the first to take place since his death on September 16, 2011 at the age of sixty-three. He painted brilliantly during the last year of his life even as he confronted the challenges of health problems and medical treatment. We have placed a selection of these works in the context of a five-year period during which he made sublime
paintings for which he will always be remembered. This period, from 2007 to 2011, also spans the time frame of the gallery’s working relationship with Stephen.

Painted in 2007, Protogonos was included in a group show that took place here that year. It’s an engaging and kind of funny painting, its plaid and bug-eyed anthropomorphic form floating in a galactic drift. Euterpe, 2008, conjures a similarly vast space and an air of planetary motion but the central form here is circular and was painted while Mueller was working on a series of mandalas. Like the mandala paintings, The Pass, 2009, is a generally symmetrical work, flattened by the pressure of the abutting and overlapping shapes that Mueller allows to wander ever so slightly off pattern. The expertise of his eye is evident in the skewed stripes of two opposing ovals.
Shu, 2010, is named for an Egyptian god whose role was to separate the sky from the earth and is a fitting title for a painting in which a receding blue circle is crowned by a colored fan that snaps the painting taut to the surface. Solange, 2010, glows from within a transparent golden aura that surrounds its white-hot center.The exhibition includes four paintings from 2011, all of which show Mueller making finely nuanced adjustments to the elements of his compositions, most particularly to the paint handling. There is a looser and more improvisatory quality present, particularly in Mr. Meltemi and Bhimsen. The scallop-shaped edges, the transitions between hard and soft boundaries, and between colors, have a freshness and fluidity that bring these paintings exceptionally close in feeling to his gorgeous watercolors. Kami is a knockout painting that takes on the relationships between figure and ground, flatness and depth in a way that suggests something about the paintings that might have come after. Kabir is simply revelatory, as filled with wisdom and wonder as a painting can be.

Stephen Mueller was born in 1947. His undergraduate and graduate studies took place at the University of Texas,
Austin and Bennington College, where there was an emphasis on color field painting.



from October 26, 2012 to December 22, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-10-26 from 18:00 to 20:00


Stephen Mueller

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