- JEFF MUHS -
Visual ArtistUnited States
Paintings: Jeff’s paintings exploit and explore natural physical processes such as optics, chaos, gravity, fluid dynamics, etc. Thru the manipulation of these processes he creates dynamic abstract compositions, using a highly gestural application of medium, often with multiple paintings occupying the same canvas plane, layering different process, he ventures to access and harness the very nature of creation. Thru the practice of my work, he endeavors to examine, challenge and expand our understanding of beauty and perception of it.
Dynamic Free Casting: This body of work is concerned with a process that Jeff has come to call ‘Dynamic Free Casting’. Within this process, he has developed new methods for forming concrete, which embrace an insubordinate amount of chance given the inherent fluidity and weight of the medium. His compulsion is to orchestrate as completely as possible command over the powerful forces inherent to the medium thereby pushing the limits of the materials and his ability to control them to the absolute maximum. The sculptures are a physical record of these efforts and lay the materials and process bare before the viewer while presenting me with new forms to explore. These results are the fertile ground of creation where he ploughs the realms of the infinite and leave new realities in my wake.
I was born and raised in the eastern end of Long Island New York in a community where many of the most influential artist of the 20th century Lived and worked. Growing up surrounded by that legacy certainly one of the most profound influences on my life and art.
My work draws heavily from Art history, in its rich and varied forms. I admire the work of artists are able to synthesize and navigate that history, building on what has come before and able to add something new to the continuum.
I believe the work I need to connect with the viewer on some base level. I am always interested in trying distill that quality from iconic works of art that have become part of our collective visual culture.
I suppose my work has changed dramatically over the years, thankfully. I tend to like to experiment and explore working in different artistic genres and styles. After working abstractly a long periods of time I find it necessary and grounding to go back to working figuratively for a while.
I do enjoy working within the confines of oil on canvas. These confines, rather than limiting, I find to be a never ending source of exploration and discovery.
The art fair phenomenon in the first part of the 21st century was great for artists, Galleries and collectors alike, but it has become so over-saturated it just doesn’t carry the same kind of excitement anymore I think we are still waiting for the next big thing.I don’t think that art can be squeezed in to the same kind of Amazon Internet shopping model that the rest of things are. Now, with the advent of various Internet platforms you have a global real time venue for art. But unfortunately Art cannot be reduced to an image on the screen..
I have been approached by a lot of online art galleries. Artonique seemed to have a great objective and platform. “to bring the best of contemporary art to all parts of the world”.