Armin Mühsam


My work focuses on the changing and changed landscape, particularly the face of nature as altered by human intervention. As I see it, technology writes or draws into a landscape just like an artist would draw on a sheet of paper - through and with technology forms are assembled and manipulated to compose a kind of environment that suits man's needs.

Our culture's assumption about technology is that it represents humanity's evolutionary adaptability and that it ultimately helps to create a better world. Yet it is obvious that this comes at a high price - the irreversible destruction of nature. Surrounded by machines and concrete structures all our senses are being shaped by this artificial environment: what we see, what we touch, how and what we think. Paradoxically, however, the more we are enclosed by it, the less we notice that we lose touch with the natural, unmediated world.

My paintings attempt to visualize this paradox. They are executed like traditional landscape paintings, deliberately seducing the viewer with the "beauty" of technological architecture. These landscapes are completely and deliberately artificial, consisting of basic parts drawn from a pool of man-made elements such as dikes, tunnels, excavation holes, roads and foundation walls.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2018 Archipeinture, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, MO

2016 Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

2015 Derryberry Gallery, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN

2015 Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY

2014 Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2014 St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2013 Stadtgalerie Barmstedt, Barmstedt, Germany

2013 Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

2013 Charleston Heights Art Center, Las Vegas, NV

2013 Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

2012 Kunstforum Markert, Hamburg, Germany

2012 Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2012 Albright Art, Concord, MA

2012 New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN

2011 Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2010 Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2010 Albright Art, Concord, MA

2009 Georgetown University, Washington, DC

2009 Contemporay Art Gallery of the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania

2009 Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

2008 Galerie Lichtpunkt, München, Germany

2008 Quad City Arts Center, Rock Island, IL

2007 Mallin Gallery, Artist's Coalition, Kansas City, MO

2007 MetroLex Gallery, Lexington, KY

2006 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006 Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS

2005 Scheffer Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2005 Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

2004 Clark House Gallery, Bangor, ME

2004 Arts Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2003 Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

2002 The Arts Center, Orange, VA

2001 Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Aici Acolo, Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania

2018 Rural/Urban, The Volland Store, Alma, KS

2018 Textuality, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2018 SiteParallels, Haw Contemporary Crossroads, Kansas City, MO (details)

2017 Art Paris, Paris, France

2017 Open Wide, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

2017 Summer Show, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2016 New American Paintings: Midwest Edition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2016 Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Marseille, France

2016 Friendly Footage, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany

2015 Art Paris, Paris, France

2015 You People, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2014 9, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2014 Landscape at the Edge: Contemporary Views, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2013 ISE NY Art Search 2013, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY

2013 23rd Drawing Connections, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

2013 Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

2013 Quietude, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2012 Natural/Constructed Spaces, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2012 National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

2012 National Art Premiere, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2011 4th National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

2011 ARCH, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011 Specific Environments: Landscape as Metaphor, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO

2010 Bel Etage, Ambacher Contemporary, München, Germany

2010 Place, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2010 National Juried Competition, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

2010 25th Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2010 18th National Juried Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Painting Metabolism, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2009 Contemporary Painting, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2009 Architectural Spaces, The LoDi Project, Raleigh, NC

2008 The Artist’s Choice, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

2008 A Sense of Place, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2008 Painting as Presence, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

2007 ART FAIR 21, Köln, Germany

2007 Beyond Mimesis, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2007 Ten Views, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2006 Urban Landscapes, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS

2006 13th Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Cul-de-Sac, Radford Art Museum, Radford, VA

2006 American Landscapes 2006, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2006 A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA

2006 City as Nature, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006 American Landscapes, Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD

2005 Texas National, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX

2005 39th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Corpus Christi, TX

2005 Border to Border 10, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN

2005 Town and Country, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

2004 Mois de l’Art Contemporain, Pont Audemer, France

2004 City & Industry, De Vrijplaats Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL

2004 10th Great Plains National, Moss-Thorns Gallery, Hays, KS

2003 New Art ’03, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

2003 Realism 2, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

2003 Rethinking Landscape, Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA

2003 Print Exchange, Bozeman, MT, Salt Lake City, UT, London, UK, Bristol, UK

2002 Switchyard, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2002 Small Works Landscape Painting, Clark House Gallery, Bangor, ME

2001 ArtCultureNature, Cococino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ

2001 American Landscapes 2001, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2001 Naturlandschaft/Werklandschaft, Internationales Malersymposium, Beratzhausen, Germany

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