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Urban Exposure – India Ink Paintings by Mario M. Muller

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© Mario M. Muller – Titan #72 - 2012

© Mario M. Muller – Titan #72 - 2012

Simply stated, Mario M. Muller has honed an iconography of the contemporary urban environment. The urgent rhythms of city dwellers have provided a well of inspiration for over Twenty years.  Using exclusively India Ink on paper, painted with precise Sumi brushes, for the past dozen years, Mr. Muller distills urban light to silhouettes and shadows embodying these anonymous masses.   In Mr. Muller’s “Urban Exposure”, his subjects include pedestrians, commuters and destination-driven inhabitants of a contemporary metropolis.  The confluence between nature and man-made provides tension. The cracks in the pavement can mark longitude and latitude lines of their destination-driven existence.   Abstracted shapes between strangers can become topographical maps charting the interdependence of all urban inhabitants. The shapes of buildings, stripped from their context, can become visual DNA markers of placement. Urban Exposure reveals the invisible details of the unpredictable metropolis.

© Mario M. Muller – Titan #25 - 2004

© Mario M. Muller – Titan #25 - 2004

 

© Mario M. Muller – Sombras Fluidas #02

© Mario M. Muller – Sombras Fluidas #02

 

© Mario M. Muller – Sombras Fluidas #07

© Mario M. Muller – Sombras Fluidas #07

“The pendulum swing between New York and Los Angeles continues to fascinate me. The distinctly urban syncopation of NY gives way to the pastorals of Southern California while never losing its urban tooth.  I love seeing the different bodies of work in dialogue.”  -Mario M. Muller, Los Angeles

© Mario M. Muller – Wheel of Fortune - 2002

© Mario M. Muller – Wheel of Fortune - 2002

 

© Mario M. Muller – Urban Canyon #20

© Mario M. Muller – Urban Canyon #20

© Mario M. Muller - Epiphany #43

© Mario M. Muller - Epiphany #43

Mario M. Muller started his career in New York 30 years ago and now resides and works in Los Angeles. He graduated from Northwestern University where his mentor was Ed Paschke.and studied with Wayne Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein and Elaine deKooning among others.  His public art commissions include the Louisville International Airport and the New York City Arts for Transit Program.

“Urban Exposure  -  India Ink Paintings by Mario M. Muller” large and small scale works are presented by Cero Space, located in Los Angeles, from March 31st – June 30th, 2012.   www.cerospace.com.

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