November 20, 2018 - Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf - Ulrike Müller: Container
November 20, 2018

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

© Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf & the artist.

Ulrike Müller
Container
November 15, 2018–February 17, 2019

Opening: November 14, 7:30–10pm

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 211 21074211
F +49 211 21074229
mail@kunstverein-duesseldorf.de

www.kunstverein-duesseldorf.de
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Ulrike Müller
Container
November 15, 2018–February 17, 2019

Opening: November 14, 7:30–10pm

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 211 21074211
F +49 211 21074229
mail@kunstverein-duesseldorf.de

www.kunstverein-duesseldorf.de
Facebook / Instagram

For more than a decade, New York-based artist Ulrike Müller has been deploying a variety of approaches to question the emancipatory potential of modernist abstraction. Image formats and materials from the repertoire of art history meet those with clear references to everyday life and handicraft, establishing a notion of painting beyond brush and canvas.

With Container, her comprehensive solo exhibition at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Müller transfers some of her compositional strategies to the exhibition space. By painting the walls of the Kunstverein, the architecture has been transformed into a three-dimensional pictorial space that one walks into. It becomes a container for a dynamic approach to painting, which simultaneously activates and disrupts medium-specific expectations and limitations—as the illustration on the invitation suggests.  

Analogous to visitors’ movements in the space, individual image elements "flit" from one group of works to the next. They repeat themselves selectively and alternately appear in the enamel paintings, carpets, monotypes, and collages created for the exhibition in Düsseldorf. The motifs of these compositions—such as circles, curves, and triangles, or shoes, vases, and cats—often come from tangible everyday objects or found illustrations. For example, the high-heeled shoes on the carpets are taken from a cobbler’s advertising sign, which was the template for Müller's first work on enamel back in 2010. For her, drawings with such trivial content serve as templates for the industrially produced glass powder that she applied to steel plates, and then fuses in the kiln to form a hard layer of colored enamel. Or for the Rugs woven from local natural fibers by Zapotec weavers in Mexico. Lastly, the formal vocabulary characteristic of the artist appears in an accelerated way in her monotypes, the most recent group of works to be seen at the Kunstverein for the first time. This printmaking technique combines painting and drawing, thus interweaving her main approaches, while transparent, overlapping colored surfaces also animate the images.

In Ulrike Müller’s hybrid Container, painting is encountered as a decentered, polymorphic area of tension without clear limitations. It is circled over and again to mobilize instabilities and ambiguities beyond standardized patterns of experience and classifications.
 

Curated by Eva Birkenstock
 

At the same time, the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf presents Jahresgaben 2018/ 2019 (annual member´s editions) by Cosima von Bonin, Niko Chodor, Kasia Fudakowski, Alex Heilbron, Rajkamal Kahlon, Astrid Nylander, Pauł Sochacki, Tobias Spichtig, Josef Strau, Rosemarie Trockel, Peter Wächtler and Min Yoon. For further information please visit our website.

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