August Muth

ARTIST STATEMENT                     

Light, as we perceive it, gives us only a brief glimpse of the momentary realities in which we exist.

Through my work, I strive to record with precision the perceptible light-space-time phenomena.  As these three elements intertwine, a three-dimensional topography of pure light is formed, revealing a window into the elusive realms of the light-space-time paradox.  Luminous veils of light invite the viewer into a multi-dimensional journey.  The physicality of earthly materials becomes nonessential as one becomes enthralled by the tactile quality of this light.

My intent is to reveal a cognitive holographic dimension within our ordinary experiences of light, and to stimulate a dialogue between the ordinary and the extraordinary planes of understanding.  This in turn may expand our perceptions, increase our acceptance of the unknown, and facilitate the evolution of our culture toward systems that are more holistically integrated. 

Light is the faithful archivist of time.


August Muth (B. 1955 In Albuquerque, New Mexico) 

For more than 30 years Muth has been an internationally exhibiting artist and a pioneer in the exploration of light through holography.  His interest in light began at the age of 16 when he began making large water-filled glass prisms, which he used to refract prismatic light upon his family’s garage door.  In 1973 he left Albuquerque to work as a jewelry maker in Aspen, Colorado, where he became captivated by the light of opals and diamonds.  Upon returning to Albuquerque the following year, he began his studies in art and physics at the University of New Mexico, and later continued at the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Muth moved to New York City in 1978 to begin walking the path as an artist.  In 1980 he began his holographic exploration at The Museum Of Holography in Soho under Fred Unterseher.  He relocated to the Telluride, Colorado area in 1985 to build his first holographic studio, and spent the next 7 years honing his skills in the Denisyuk single-beam holography technique.  During this time his interest in the relationship between light, space, and time intensified, requiring a studio expansion.  In 1994 his studio was reimagined and constructed in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

In Santa Fe the desire to produce larger holograms became a priority, and for the next several years he spent thousands of hours developing techniques in this quest.  Trial and failure became a large part of his practice since large-scale single-beam holograms had never been produced by anyone previously.  After a pivotal insight which resulted in the discarding and total metamorphosis of previously learned processes, he was able to create holograms in a greater scale.  Muth continues to produce works exploring the light-space-time continuum in his Santa fe, New Mexico studio.


 Group Exhibitions [Selected]                                 

1979    Xylem Gallery    Houston, TX
1980    Arron Faber Galler    New York, NY
1984    Kate Clarke Gallery    Louisville, KY
1994    Museum Fur Holographie    Pulheim, Germany
1995    At the speed of Light     Fresno, CA
1996    Eldolon Gallery    Santa Fe, NM
1999    Alexandre Gallery    Boca Raton, Fl
1999    Del Mano Gallery    Santa Monica, Ca
1999    Mostly Glass Gallery    Englewood,NJ
2000    Center for contemporary Art    Santa Fe, NM
2004    Guadalupe Gallery    Santa Fe, NM
2008    Santa Fe Complex    Santa Fe, NM
2009    Hulse Warman Gallery     Taos, NM
2009    Art Santa Fe    Santa Fe, NM
2009    Donna Rogers Fine Art    Houston, TX
2010    Zane Bennet Fine Art     Santa Fe, NM
2011    J. Willott Gallery    Palm Desert, CA
2011    New Mexico Museum of Fine Art    Santa Fe, NM
2012    MIT Museum    Cambridge, MA
2013    Gallery Sonja Roesch    Houston, TX
2013    Cloud 5    Santa Fe, NM
2013    Midland Center for the Arts    Midland, MI
2014    Center for contemporary Art    Santa Fe, NM
2014    Dorfman Projects    New York, NY
2014    Hulse Warman Gallery     Taos, NM
2014    Cinnabar    San Antonio, Texas
2015    Peters Projects- Gerald Peters Gallery.     Inventory of Light.   Santa Fe  NM  
2015    Dallas Art Fair. Nyehaus Gallery.   New York City NY       Dallas TX
2015    HAP Gallery     Portland, Oregon
2015    International Symposium of Display Holography  Elisseev Palace, St. Petersburg Russia

Solo Exhibitions

1999    Philabaum Glass Gallery    Tucson, AZ
2001    Houston Center for contemporary crafts Houston, TX  
2003    Kittrell Riffkind Gallery    Dallas, TX
2010    Hulse Warman Gallery    Taos, NM
2012    Hulse Warman Gallery    Taos, NM
2013    Axel Contemporary    Santa Fe, NM
2013    Hulse Warman Gallery    Taos, NM
2015    Hulse Warman Gallery    Taos, NM

Art at Auction

2014    Bonhams - A Contemporary EdgeLondon


1994 to present    One of a kind holograms for international artists

Art in Public Spaces

2009    Exterior installation    Paso Robles, CA
2013    FantaSe    Santa Fe, NM
2015    Paseo    Taos, NM

Art at Fundraisers

2013    Blue Star Gala    San Antonio, TX

Public Collections

Museum of holography    New York, NY
MITMuseum    Cambridge, MA
Corning Museum of Glass    Corning, NY
Butler Institute of American Art    Youngstown, OH


1994   Shearwater Foundation    Fort Lauderdale, FL
2010   Charles Strong Foundation    Taos, NM