Jay Muhlin is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. His work addresses the ideas of intimacy, comfort, and loss. He playfully explores the absurdity of everyday life by examining and responding to how myths and metaphors are communicated visually. This results in multivalent narratives, which gently reveal the complex relationship between the photographer and the subject, capturing the emotional truth within the chaos. His practice is project-based and often culminates in a photobook.
Muhlin has a BFA in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Transmedia/Photography from Syracuse University. He has taught courses at Bennington College, Syracuse University, Moore College of Art and Design, Salem Community College, University of Delaware, Rowan University, La Salle University and The College of New Jersey. Muhlin has worked with cultural heritage objects for museums and libraries. This included documenting the South Asian art collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and establishing a photography program working with rare books, archives, fine art, photographs, and culturally important scientific tools and ephemera at the Science History Institute.
Muhlin has completed artist residencies that include the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, and the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. He was a member of the artist-run gallery Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, where he created artist's books, multiples, and collaborative works. He has produced several solo exhibitions including Kid, Sleeve on My Heart, and Guilty Pleasures at Vox Populi Gallery and at Duplex Gallery in Portland, OR, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions.
Jay is currently working on a new project called Lemon Juice Projects for commissions and commercial inquiries https://www.lemonjuiceprojects.com