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The McLoughlin Gallery presents
Eight Strikes of a Wild Cat
February 5th – March 21st
In this new series of paintings, Jeff Muhs creates visual dynamics between atmospheric phenomena and cognition. Bold black and white brushstrokes builds intensity in the background as color fields in the foreground soothes and creates a calming experience. Muhs achieves this seemingly perfect balance of activity and calmness through gestural brushstrokes, pouring, dripping, and smearing paint.
Muhs' treatment of color is akin to that of color field painters. His fields of color are at first sight calming, but, under close scrutiny, they surprise the viewer with great vibrancy and aliveness. The forms in color seem to be informed either by landscape of shore lines, or the mind. His black and white gestural strokes serve to activate the paintings and approximate the visual experience to that of waves, winds, and storms, whether of water or thought. Witnessing the paintings, the viewer is confronted by both an abstraction of the natural cycles of the elements, and an elegant representation of the human psyche.
Jeff Muhs is a native of Eastern Long Island, born in Southampton, New York in 1966. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1988. His work has been shown at the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Hunter Museum, Memphis, TN, Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD, Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, and Cantor Fitzgerald. Muhs' paintings are in several private and public collections.