Jay Muhlin

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures locates our need to find solace and pursue happiness. Guilty not as a form of personal judgement but in terms of the narcissistic human need to seek personal comfort. Winter presents an unwelcoming world outside, pushing us towards a bleak confinement. We go inward in our lives, psyches and homes in order to console ourselves. This project was photographed in Syracuse NY during a nearly record-breaking winter of snow fall. Being inside can build a manic state with the snow accumulating outside. A hermetic wold of friends serves as a self portrait and a document of winter.

The launch of Guilty Pleasures the book opened with a solo show in September 2015 at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia PA. In October I presented my project at the SPEConference in Pittsburgh, PA. A performance and slideshow was presented at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY in November of 2015 in addition to a Party/ Performance at Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse NY. Artist talks at Bennington College, VT Tyler School of Art, PA and La Salle University, PA. The second expanded second solo exhibition at Duplex Gallery in Portland, OR, coinciding with Tarot readings from Guilty Pleasures Deck.