For Immediate Release: February 14, 2006
Contact: Marsha Mullan
'Light Installations' to be Featured at List Gallery
"Light Installations," an exhibition of works by Philadelphia artist Warren Muller, will be exhibited at Swarthmore College in the List Gallery, Lang Performing Arts Center, from Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, April 9. The artist will give a talk in the gallery on Thursday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m. The opening reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday 12-4 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 12-page catalog with an essay by E. C. Graham. The exhibit, talk and reception are free and open to the public.
Muller will display a variety of hanging, free-standing, and wall-mounted light sculptures made from found objects. Suspended works range from the glowing blue wands dynamically arrayed along a workman's ladder in "Lighter Ladder" to "Mallet Orb," in which tear-shaped light bulbs radiate from a sphere of tools bound with heavy rope. Muller's 30-year career as an artist and performer is evident in these mature works, which masterfully combine delicate antiques, rough-hewn found objects, and colored light.
Raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Muller came to the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1970 to study filmmaking and photography. He collaborated with Manfred Fischbeck, artistic director of Group Motion, creating films and slide works for the dance company, and then began studying dance. Muller's training in improvisational dance and his subsequent work as a performance artist in San Francisco and New York catalyzed his love of found objects, collaboration, and mixed-media sculpture. In his life as well as his art, Muller has embraced varied and eclectic experiences, from his orthodox Jewish upbringing to his avid participation in a gospel choir, to his dedication to helping those with AIDS.
Muller has exhibited his work widely including at the Hunterdon Museum, New Jersey; Robeson Gallery, Penn State University; John Elder Gallery, New York; and The Taft Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. Many of Muller's work are housed in distinguished collections including that of Mrs. Walter Mondale; Andrew Lewis; Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco; Philip Yenawine; Ann Walker; Aetna Life and Casualty; and Ann and Ronald Abramson Collection.