August Muth

 

Translucere #2, 2022, holographic light etching laminated in archival glass, luminescent pigment,  25” x 21.5”, optical volume 5"

 

Artist's Statement

My work epitomizes the integration of the arts, science, and philosophy. For many years, I have worked to expand the boundaries of holography, using crafted light-sensitive emulsions and high-end lasers to create new color fields and larger holograms, which are very difficult to produce.

As a past student of astronomy and physics, I regard my work as an exploration into the natural realm of the photon where we have the opportunity to discover the mystery of light itself. Through my ‘collaborations’ with laser light, I archive the relationship of photons within minimal forms revealing enduring compositions of material light. The polychromatic character of these forms produces rich fields of color which are rarely experienced. Luminous veils of poly-chromatic color invite the viewer into an intriguing holographic experience. One becomes enthralled by the beauty and tactile quality of this light.

 

Within the In-between, 2022, holographic light etching laminated in archival glass, 23” x 19”, optical volume 12”

 

Biography

August Muth exhibits internationally and is a pioneer in the exploration of light through the art of holography. His interest in light began at the age of 16 when he began making large water-filled glass prisms to refract light and explore prismatic color. In his late teens, as a jewelry maker in Aspen, Colorado, he became captivated by the alluring light of opals and diamonds. These interests laid the foundation for the beginning of his formal studies in art and physics at the University of New Mexico in 1975, and later at the University of Houston, and the University of Texas, Austin. He continued his formal studies specifically in holography at the Museum of Holography in New York City (1981–84). His studio, The Light Foundry, which was established in 1987 and is currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico, produces artworks exploring the light-space-time continuum.

 

Eye of the Needle, 2015, holographic light etching laminated in archival glass , luminescent pigment, 22” x 19”, optical volume 3”

 

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Resumé

 

Education

Apprenticeship with Richard Rallison, pioneer in the field of optics (Hubble and Subaru space telescopes, etc.) and holography, Paradise, Utah, 1985-86
Museum of Holography, New York, NY, 1983-85 – Fred Untersher, Director of Education
University of Texas, Austin, 1977-1978 – Studies in Visual Art and Astronomy
University of Texas, Houston, 1976-1977 – Studies in Sculpture with James Surls
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1974-75 – Studies in Art and Physics.


Solo Shows

2022     Deepening the Light, Pie Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2021     August Muth, Multi-Arts Pavilion, Lake Macquarie, Australia
2019     Material Light, Gallery Sonja Roesch , Houston, TX ++
2017     Tactile Radiance, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA
2016     New Works, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos, NM
             Photonic Truth, Amy-d Arte Spazio Milan, Italy
2015     Borealis, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos, NM
             Light-Mind, Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
2013     Carnival of Shattered Dreams, Axel Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
             As the Light Returns, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos, NM
2012     Light into Light, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos, NM
2010     Warm Light Cold Nights, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos. NM
2003     Light, Kittrell Riffkind Gallery, Dallas, TX
2001     Solid Air, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston, TX
1999     Pure Light in Glass, Philabaum Glass Gallery, Tucson, AZ.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021     Finding Light, Sonja Roesch Gallery, Houston, TX
             Altered Light, Currents 826 Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2020     Waterhouse Dodd Gallery, New York, NY
             Granada Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2019     Iridescence, Hologram Foundation and Holocenter New York, NY
2018     Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
             Art in Holography / Light Space & Time, Aveiro City Museum, Aveiro, Portugal
2017     BAG Bocconi Art Gallery , Milan, Italy
             Enigma, OTA Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
             Waterhouse Dodd Gallery, Chicago Expo , NM Chicago, IL
             Ripple Effect, Holocenter, New York, NY
             Aura Kinetica, Currents New Media Festival , Santa Fe, NM
             Immaru Gallery, MIA Photo Fair, Milan, Italy
             Perception, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2016     Luminescence, Gallery Sonja Roesch
             Premio Michetti 2016, Fondazione Michetti
             Currents New Media Festival
             Visually speaking, Rebecca Fine Art Gallery
             Color and light, MIA Photo fair
2015     International Exhibition of Holograms, Elisseev, St. Petersburg, Russia
             Palace Dallas Art Fair, Nyehaus Gallery, Dallas, Texas
             Inventory of Light, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
             Collaboration, Gallery 286, London, UK
2014     A Contemporary Edge, Bonhams, London, UK
             The Very Last Plastics Show, Dorfman Projects, New York, NY
             Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
             Armory Show, Center for the Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
             Momentary Realties, Cinnabar Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX
2013     No Paint, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX,
             Luminescent, Cloud 5, Santa Fe, NM
             Light as Form, Midland Center for the Arts, NM Midland, MI
2012     Alcove Shows, New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
             The Jeweled Net, MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA
2009     New Collection, Hulse Warman Gallery, Taos, NM
2008     Occam’s Razor, Santa Fe Complex, Santa Fe, NM
2004     Peace, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2000     Holography 2000, St. Poltener Stadtmuseum, St Polten, Austria
1997     Sixth International Exhibition of Holography, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College , Lake Forest, IL
1996     The Light Show, Eidolon Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
             Glass and Light, Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, WI
1995     Lasers-Revolution at the Speed of Light, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA
1994     Lichter Schmuck, Museum Fur Holographic Neue Visuelle Medien , Pulheim, Germany
             Fifth International Exhibition of Holography, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
1979     Xylem Gallery, Houston, TX.


Public Commissions

2013     Aurora Borealis, Fantase- Creative Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2009     Light of the Ancients, McMillian Building, Paso Robles, CA.


Public Collections

Museum of Holography, New York, NY
MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA
Corning Museum of Glass Corning, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.


Lectures and Published Papers

2015    What Was I Thinking When I Thought Producing 4 by 5 Foot Denisyuk DCG Holograms Was a Good Idea, ISDH, Conference, ISTO University, St. Petersburg, Russia

2012    Investigating the Spherical Nature of Light Through Large Format DCG Emulsions on Glass, ISDH Conference, MIT Media Lab , Cambridge, MA

2011    Holography, Glass, and the Exploration of Light – Space, Glass Arts Society Conference, Seattle, WA

2004    Large Dichromate Holograms in Heavy Glass, SPIE Photonics West, Santa Clara, CA

1999    Pulse-Originated Human Figures Transferred into Dichromate Gelatin   Reflection Holograms, ISDH Conference, Lake Forest, IL .


Publications

2016     Under the Radar: August Muth, by Ann Landi, http://vasari21.com, September, Taos NM
 August Muth and Dora Tass, by Christian D’Antonio, The Way Magazine, May, Milan, Italy

2014     Lit – August Muth talks about light, holography and the environment, by  Christina Procter, EcoSource, Magazine, Winter/Spring, Santa Fe, NM

2010     Critical Reflections - August Muth: Holographic Images in Glass, by Jon Carver, THE magazine,July, Santa Fe, NM
 Universe of artist August Muth, by Guy Cross, THE magazine, May, Santa Fe, NM.


Special Projects

2010           Research and development to record movie sound track holographically
2008-10     Holographic solar concentrators for photovoltaic arrays
2009           3D holographic video display unit.