Brian Mouhlas: Cultural Mysticism

Brian Mouhlas, Institutional, 2019

This September, HEDGE Gallery presents Brian Mouhlas’ most recent series of paintings, which are based on contemporary culture and the mysticism that lies behind much of the imagery in our media-based world. This will be Brian’s first solo exhibition after participating in many group shows at HEDGE Gallery, and since his graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016.

Mouhlas’ work fluxes between abstraction and representation. Landscapes, the human figure, and other collected imagery from magazines, newspaper advertisements, and even CAT scans are collaged into his narrative paintings, focusing on the psychological effect that a visual experience can produce. Gestural brushwork of thick mounds of pigment create pulsating undercurrents that fragment the nature of his references and mirror an often-disquieting mood. His new paintings are influenced by experiments with a variety of painting mediums and electric-florescent pigments.

Cleveland Institute of Art graduates Suzanne Head, Thomas Kassai, Samantha Konet and Kim Menapace will also be included in this exhibition with select sculptural works that coincide with Brian’s new body of work.

Reception 5–9pm Friday September 20