In I’m OK, You’re OK, Nikko Mueller presents a new body of work exploring patterns, systems, and transformations through the formal language of color and geometric abstraction. In an unobstructed nod to Frank Stella and Joseph Albers, Mueller’s paintings and painted objects begin with simple prescribed devices: fundamental divisions of the field and diagrammatic forms with direct visual logics. These initial relationships between context, image, and canvas are then confronted by tectonic disruption, mutation, and reconciliation—revealing compromised compositions that are cheekily human in their condition. Mueller’s formalism is informed by a political sensibility. The pieces examine and reconsider the underlying structures and dynamics of abstraction. The exhibition’s title is appropriated from Thomas Harris’ popular self-help book on Transactional Analysis. I’m OK, You’re OKserves as substrate for Mueller’s investigation into how formal relationships adapt, persist, and deform/transform in the face of change.
The opening reception for this exhibition will on Friday,September 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
*This exhibition will be up until November 2, 2019*