ROSEGALLERY is pleased to announce Federal Avenue, an exhibition of new drawings and works on paper by Manfred Müller, A reception for the artist and book signing will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 from six to eight pm.
“You have to reflect because it balances you... You need to exercise your fingers, to refine the technique”.
Throughout his career in Germany and Los Angeles, Müller has made large-scale site specific, sculptures and installations. Utilizing diverse materials such as steel, wood, paper, natural and man-made elements or recycled industrial machine parts. Using architectural space, the industrial landscape and simple geometric form to explore the relationship between form, color, raw material, and the viewer’s relationship to object, space and meaning, these works bring together disparate elements uniting in eloquent combinations.
Working in a variety of techniques and employing an equally wide range of materials, the drawings, collages and works on paper that Müller creates, explore continually evolving approaches to making art. These paper pieces are occasionally studies towards larger projects, but more often serve as a response to what is happening in the studio and are conceived and executed as independent works in their own right. Primarily flat but bearing incised lines or raised edges, so common in his work, the drawings are almost three dimensional, allowing light to play on the surface. Müller incorporates subtly nuanced changes in surface, texture, focusing attention on surface detail and the point of contact between, drawn line, fields of color and surface, where edge tension plays a crucial part. Müller transforms the humblest of materials into objects of profound poetic beauty. The works on paper continue to serve Müller as a rich depository of ideas and ongoing visual diary.
Manfred Müller was born 1950 in Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1967 to 1970 he apprenticed as a technical draftsman, receiving his state license as an engineering draftsman. From 1971 to 1975 he studied visual communication at the Fachlochschule Düsseldorf and from 1976 to 1981 he attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany – studying under Erwin Heerich (1922-2004). After leaving the Kunstakademia in 1981 he was awarded a Cité des Artes Scholarship, Paris, France and received important grants from the city of Düsseldorf in 1983, and the German Industry Endowment of the Arts in 1985.
In 1989 Müller relocated to Los Angeles and continues to maintain studios in California and Germany.
Recent selected solo and group exhibitions include: 2014, Objects are Closer Than They Appear, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA; 2011, Framing Abstraction: Mark, Symbol, Signifier, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA; 2010, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY; Heliotropo, Galerie Lopez Quiroga, Mexico .
Quote from in Manfred Müller: Things to Remember, Claudia Bohn-Spector, published in Objects are Closer Than They Appear, (Marquand Books, Seattle, p.42)