Please join me for the 2019 Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard Artists in San Francisco, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th, from 11am–6pm each day. I’ll be opening my studio along with over 120 other artists throughout the shipyard that weekend. This is only the second time I’ve opened my studio since moving into the shipyard exactly one year ago. I’m excited to be a part of this tradition, now in its 30th year, and will have new work available and numerous works in progress to share. The shipyard is located at 451 Galvez Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124 and my studio is in Building 125. Hope to see you there!
On Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 I’ll be giving an artist talk at The Oxbow School, in Napa, California. It’s free and open to the public, and I’d love it if you could join! I’m honored to be included in The Oxbow School’s roster of visiting artists this spring, which has a longstanding legacy of hosting artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Deborah Butterfield, Ann Hamilton, among others. The lecture will take place at 7:00pm at the Culinary Institute of America Theater, which is just down the street from the school. More information on the talk and directions can be found on The Oxbow School’s website. Hope you can join us!
Earlier this year, I moved my studio from East Oakland to Hunters Point Shipyard Artist Studios in San Francisco, and opened my studio for the first time in October. San Francisco Open Studios is the largest city-wide open studio event of the year, drawing hundreds of people out every weekend. Hunters Point is one of the largest artist colonies in the country, with over 200 artists working throughout the converted shipyard. I was thrilled to finally participate, and to share my studio, new work, and works in progress with so many new friends and art lovers. Stay tuned for news about the next open studio event in late spring. Here are a few images from Fall Open Studios.
Last summer, not long after I had moved to San Francisco, I took on my biggest project to date—a 2100 sq. ft. outdoor mural in the industrial neighborhood of Dogpatch. A mix of commercial warehouses and waterfront shipyards, Dogpatch is in the midst of a rapid redevelopment. The mural marked my first time bringing my studio outdoors, and working on a piece of this scale. Bringing in bold blues and yellows to reflect the palette of the neighborhood, the mural existed to bring beauty and color to an area in transition, but the project was short-lived. The building has since been demolished, but today the mural lives on through this incredible video shot by two talented friends and videographers, Mike Gaynor and Justin Carlson.
They did an amazing job capturing the mural's process and the essence of Dogpatch. I'm so excited to share it with you here!
The mural, titled "Overlook in Blue," was entirely self-initiated and self-funded, and made possible with the support of my neighbors within the transient community of Buspatch, local businesses Center Hardware, San Francisco PaintSource, and Cresco Equipment Rental.
More photos of the mural can be seen here in an earlier blog post.
Another thank you to Mike Gaynor and Justin Carlson for their film and video work, and to David Colson for the title sequence and photography.
Recently, I was invited to paint a mural at the new Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, as part of the ArtSpan Transit Center Mural Project. The Transit Center is a new hub for transportation, retail, and green space in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Myself, along with 37 other ArtSpan artists, were selected to transform the empty storefront windows throughout the ground floor retail spaces by painting semi-permanent murals. The Transit Center itself includes permanent public art displays by Jenny Holzer and Julie Chang.
I completed this mural project in only two days, and finished the mural live during the Grand Opening Block Party on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.
I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity, and to ArtSpan for facilitating the project. The paints and materials for this project were generously donated by Art Savoir-Faire using paints from Sennelier's abstract series.
If in San Francisco, you can visit the mural in person, located off Minna Street, in between First and Second Streets.
If interested in a possible mural commission, please email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last month, I created a series of paintings using BEHR's 2018 color palette. Fellow San Francisco creative Chloe Roth teamed up with interior designer Erin Hiemstra (of Apartment34) to redesign her new home, which included a partnership with BEHR paint. As a focal point for her living room, Chloe asked me if I'd be willing to create a painting using BEHR's new color palette. A mix of neutrals and bold accents, I thought it'd be an interesting challenge (I never give myself color restrictions)! And because I always work on multiple paintings at the same time, I turned it into a series.
You can see a glimpse of my painting in Chloe's home below, and a reveal of the other two paintings (they are also available for sale—email me at email@example.com with inquiries).
The reveal of Chloe's home transformation, and the final painting, can be seen here on Apartment34's blog (also on Domino magazine). Keep an eye out for a full behind-the-scenes studio tour:
Nocturne Shade (Behr II), 62 x 62 in., BEHR paint on canvas, 2018
In The Moment (Behr III), 62 x 62 in., BEHR paint on canvas, 2018
For inquiries on the two paintings shown above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join me for an artist talk and walkthrough of my exhibit Light Matter this Saturday, March 24th from 1–3pm at the Pence Gallery! Come hear me talk about the process behind my installation "Forming Light," galleries as sanctuaries, dark matter, "light matter," and how art can help us navigate states of flux. RSVP requested, though the event is free and open to the public!
I am very excited to share news of my solo exhibit Light Matter, opening next Friday at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California. If you are local to the Bay Area, I invite you to attend! Here are the details:
The opening reception will take place on Friday, March 9th from 6:00–9:00pm. The show will be on view through April 13th, and I'll be giving an artist talk on Saturday, March 24th from 1:00–3:00pm. All of these events are free and open to the public.
The Pence Gallery is located at 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616 and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:30am–5:00pm.
I'll be presenting an entirely new body of work, including large-scale paintings, collages, and a site-specific installation.
This show is supported by the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award, given to emerging artists producing innovative work within California. I am thankful to them for helping make this exhibit possible!
It's been a busy last few months in the studio, but I am very excited to share news of an upcoming solo exhibit opening in early March at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California called Light Matter.
I'll be sharing an official show announcement here soon! This will be my first solo presentation of new work in California, since moving to San Francisco last year, and will involve an entirely new body of work, including a site-specific installation.
Light Matter is supported by the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award, which assists emerging artists in the creation of new and innovative work in California.
Along with revealing an entirely new body of work for the show, I've recently completed a number of new paintings in my East Oakland studio. You can always inquire about available large-scale works by emailing email@example.com
I've made small works available online through Saatchi Art. Saatchi Art is one of the largest online platforms for independent artists and ships worldwide, allowing anyone to become a collector while supporting artists directly. These small-scale collages give me a chance to play with color, composition, and new materials, and each one is entirely unique. View collages 30" x 30" and smaller for sale here.
I'm thrilled to share that my podcast Beyond the Studio was selected to receive an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure! This new source of funding will support us in producing "Beyond the Studio: West Coast Edition," where we'll interview artists about their professional lives and the impact of working on the West Coast. Listen to our recent conversations with Cara Ober, Cindy Cheng, and Micah E. Wood. And if you haven't already, subscribe to Beyond the Studio podcast on iTunes to listen to past episodes and be the first to hear about the release of Season Two!
I have a handful of new projects lined up for 2018 already, that I look forward to sharing with you soon. And I'm always open to new collaborations—drop me a line if you think we should work together!