March 23 – June 10, 2018
Armin Mühsam has cobbled together an enviable artist’s biography. The umlaut in his name tips its dotted cap to his childhood in Germany. His undergraduate degree is German and his MFA was granted in Montana. European and American exhibitions fill his extensive resume and he serves as Professor of Painting at Northwest Missouri State University as well. His artistic practice is steeped in the history of art. The influence of nineteenth and twentieth century European modernist paintings appear to slip from his unconsciousness mind as he paints. He even admitted, “I don’t like to be alive in the present moment.” But, like it or not, Mühsam is unquestionably a product of our contemporary world. Mühsam is an archetypal artist of the twenty-first century- a naturalized American polyglot with his intellectual pedigree cultivated in another nation and his heart rooted in brash American self-determinism.
His work appears cool and distant, but under the surface it smolders with passion for painting. Mühsam worships at the altar of form and shape. Squares, rectangles, triangles, and polygons are his spiritual icons. Instinctual juxtapositions constitute the doctrine of his abstract denomination. Cezanne once advised others to compose the world using cylinders, spheres, and cones. For Mühsam, geometry is his world. Since arriving in Missouri, he has stripped his life down to a minimalist’s routine focused on art. Archipeinture represents the latest phase of his artistic and personal evolution. The title references an underlying architecture of painting that Mühsam explores as he continues to deconstruct the painted surface.
The public is invited to meet the artist at an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23rd from 5-7 pm. There is no charge to attend the Opening.