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"Light Matter" Exhibit by Nicole Mueller

My recent exhibit Light Matter came down earlier this spring from Davis, California. If you missed seeing the show in person, here is a gallery walkthrough in photos. Light Matter explored ways color and light can be used to create portals and pathways, how painting can help us navigate states of flux, and how galleries can become like sanctuaries.  

This show involved my most ambitious installation to date, and it was such a privilege to take over the Pence Gallery's main gallery space in order to realize it. 

Read more on the show below.


Here are some details of my piece Forming Light, a sculptural installation of blue and yellow acrylic pieces, laser cut and hung from the ceiling. 

For her exhibit Light Matter, Mueller envisions the gallery as a sanctuary with colorful “stained glass” works, including an immersive window installation, collages, and vertical, window-like paintings.  

Mueller activates the glass tower, a prominent architectural feature of the Pence Gallery, with a site-specific installation. She reinterprets the medium of stained glass with materials such as cut dura-lar and acrylic in suspended, organic shapes that reference natural phenomena like storms and hurricanes, or the more benign dappled light that filters through the trees into the gallery on a daily basis. She brings the longstanding tradition of stained glass with its connotations of spiritual or sacred spaces, into the gallery with impermanent materials, re-envisioning the gallery as a sort of chapel. In so doing, the artist compares the role and relationship of galleries to sanctuaries, particularly how a sanctuary can offer a space for reflection and possibility. 

As colored light filters through to cast abstract shapes on the floor and walls, Mueller aims to give physical form to the abstract sensation of light, merge the tangible and intangible, and provide pathways for moving through liminal states that remain in constant flux.

Mueller’s works are both exuberant and complex, with shifting figure-ground relationships, vibrant color, and pockets of deep space creating pathways that weave in and out of compositions both dense and open-ended. Her process-based works are painted, cut, collaged, arranged and rearranged through an additive process of layering, with the resulting works existing in a perpetual state of motion in between chaos and cohesion. 

In this way, she makes manifest our inner desire for work that offers us space for reflection, reminding us of our own presence—and to be present—in the midst of shifting environments, and with a perspective that ultimately, expresses hope.


Light Matter was supported by the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award, given to emerging artists producing innovative work within California.

For inquiries on available works from the show, please email

FIRST CUT by Nicole Mueller

Although bittersweet to see FIRST CUT come down (turns out it's a lot of work to put up an exhibit!), it's been so exciting to see images come back from the show, and to have it reviewed by critics and publications I admire:

Washington Post review by Mark Jenkins

Washington City Paper review by Kriston Capps

I was also lucky to have three incredible artists, friends, & professional photographers help with documenting the show, at different points in the day, to capture the lighting and installation. The images are stunning. Here are a few:

Opening of First Cut! (7/22/16) by Nicole Mueller

Friends and family,

Thank you so much to all who came out for the opening of my solo exhibition FIRST CUT at the Gibbs Street Gallery of VisArts.

The community there was so supportive of the artists and their work—from the great turnout on opening night, and in the weeks leading up, throughout the installation (especially of my ambitious window piece). Here's a glimpse of the show—

If you missed the event, here's a great video tour they filmed including an artist talk:

More images forthcoming!

Proyecto 'ace: 'ACE NITE by Nicole M

As promised, photos from 'ACE NITE, the final exhibit/open studio we held during our final week at Proyecto 'ace to share the work produced by all four resident artists during our three week residencies. 

Here's a panorama of "The Tower" studio I worked in all month, cleaned up with work on view!
And more work done during my stay: 
The four resident artists: me, Amanda Millet-Sorsa (USA), Marcia de Moraes (Brazil), & Eduardo Eloy (Brazil) in front of Marcia's beautiful drawing.
A few prints by Eduardo Eloy:
A mixed media mural intervention by Amanda Millet-Sorsa:
The three amigos, Santi, Felipe, & German. Hah!
Me with the wonderful Marcia!
 Me with my roommate of 3 weeks Amanda!

More photos can also be found on our 'ace profile pages. 
And that's it! I am really grateful for the experience, all the connections & friends made, as well as my friends & supporters from Kickstarter who made it possible for me to do this! Now that I'm back in the states my next focus will be organizing & shipping all the postcards, souvenirs, & artwork to all who contributed!

CPX AIR '13 Show Photos by Nicole M

On Saturday June 8th, we had our final show at Creative Paradox, wrapping up our year-long residency there. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience with them! If you weren't able to make it, here is a virtual tour of my installation & some photos from the opening!


Some pre-show video set-up:
 My amazing family & friends came to the opening! Words can't describe the love I feel for them!
There was even a "graduation ceremony" for the AIR artists! 
The whole CPX crew:
I certainly feel very lucky...