Mirage: featuring Larry Bell, Ben Dallas, August Muth, and Signe Stuart


 featuring Larry Bell, Ben Dallas,
August Muth, and Signe Stuart

May 25 - June 22, 2024

 Opening Reception | Saturday, May 25, 4-6 pm


Pie Projects is delighted to present Mirage, a group exhibition featuring Larry Bell, Ben Dallas, August Muth, and Signe Stuart. The artworks exhibited in Mirage put in question what we see, challenging our preconceived ideas of materials and optical sensations.


Larry Bell, DS 6.6.23B, 2023 mixed media on canvas, 62 x 42 in.


Larry Bell takes center stage with three recent compositions on canvas from his Mirage series and nine small works on paper from his Fractions series. Using the vacuum coating technology used to deposit the thin films on his iconic glass works, Bell intuitively creates mixed media fused collages that are as mysterious as memories of dreams. 
Larry Bell is one of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, alongside contemporaries Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin. A career survey from the 1960s onward, Larry Bell: Improvisations,  will open on May 22, 2024 at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Ben Dallas, Pretense to Culture While Shopping Online, 2024, 
acrylic media, canvas, glue, 4.25 x 4.25 x 3 in.


Ben Dallas presents a selection of his new painting constructions. The enigmatic nature and materiality of Dallas' pieces are an invitation to spend time with the marks, the chromatic shifts, the delicate lines, and unexpected folds. Ben Dallas’ work can seem hermetic, but a closer look reveals exquisite and poetic compositions.  


The exhibition also includes holographic etchings by August Muth. A pioneer in the exploration of light and color through holography, Muth produces rich fields of color which stretch beyond the bounds of the archival glass surface moving in space with the viewer. He will be presenting a series of new holographic works at Pie Projects in a two-person exhibition later this summer. 

August Muth, Flux, 2015, holograms laminated in glass, 
15 x 11 in. optical depth 11 in. 

Signe Stuart is back in the studio after her 60-year retrospective at the South Dakota Art Museum. Her new sewn canvases blur the liminal perception between line, color, light, and shadow. For Stuart, a sewn canvas is a metaphorical slice of time and space, a context in which to construct ideas about the connections and intersections of matter and energy. 


Signe Stuart,
 In the Beginning, 2024, acrylic on sewn canvas, 70 x 30 in.