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Blum & Poe : DAVE MULLER iamthewalrus - 21 Feb 2009 to 4 Apr 2009

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21 Feb 2009 to 4 Apr 2009
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DAVE MULLER iamthewalrus
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Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
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Artists in this exhibition: Dave Muller


Dave Muller
iamthewalrus

February 21 - April 4, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, February 21, 6 – 8 pm


Blum & Poe is pleased to announce our sixth solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Dave Muller.

Being both a departure and a fine-tuning of previous concerns and obsessions, Muller’s latest exhibition, iamthewalrus, steals its title from the John Lennon song. Combining his signature acrylic washes with loose line-rendering on paper to create large scale works, Muller meditates on the development of individual and cultural identities and the sphere or “field” of music that envelops and accompanies them. Visually playing with depictions of spheres and fields, juxtaposed with a variety of disparate images, this new body of work suggests a push and pull between transformation and immanence. To paraphrase John Peel on the band The Fall, “always different, always the same.” Where previous work focused on the physical manifestations of his music based obsessions, he now delves into their origins, making this show perhaps his most autobiographical work to date.

One group of works on paper is installed on the walls like so many abstract dominoes. At least one piece rests flat on the floor, occupying your space (and hopefully, your time). Within each of these pieces two seemingly unrelated images clash and cavort. Muller’s combinations of fleshed out renderings of cows in farmer’s fields with line sketches of scattered record collections, or erupted ab-ex fields with a loose sketch of a poised-to-pop puffer fish, lead us to consider how things explode into other things, explore their latticed connections, follow their genealogies.

Another series of large works on paper depict chaotic spreads of shredded paper. On closer inspection the cohesive fields are rendered fragments of the Sgt. Pepper album in one case, or Muller’s personal documents in another. Muller suggests the border constructed between popular culture and the private self is more Swiss cheese than corten steel. This stance is further reinforced by Muller’s drawings of houses (on the block in San Francisco he grew up in) which look like Jetson’s-era robot heads; drawings of John, Paul, George and Ringo as nesting Matryoshka dolls, and a drawing of Muller’s first record purchase; Snoopy and His Friends, the Royal Guardsman.

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Dave Muller has shown widely over the last fifteen years. A selection of exhibitions include, I Like Your Music I Love Your Music, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain; The Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Jeremy Deller: Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Panic Room: Works from the Dakis Joanou Collection, The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; 8th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2005, France; and the 2004 Whitney Museum Biennial, New York. In 2002, his exhibition “ Connections ” premiered at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Dave Muller was born in San Francisco and lives and works in Los Angeles

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DAVE MULLER

Born
San Francisco, California, 1964

Education:
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, M.F.A., 1993
School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Graduate Program, New York, 1990-1991
University of California, Davis, B.A.S., Chemistry & Art

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California


One-Person Exhibitions
2009
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Medium, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
The World on a Wheel, The approach W1, London, UK
2006-07
Piles and Globes, Likes and Loves, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2006
I Want It Louder, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Thirty-Three, Revolutions, And One Third, The Approach, London, England
The Wrong Gallery, New York, NY
Stars and Bars (American), Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2004
I Like Your Music, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
EngholmEngelhorn Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Side Street Projects 11th Annual Phantom Ball, Pasadena, CA
2003
The Approach, London, United Kingdom
Murray Guy, New York, NY
2002
Dave Muller: Sprawling (and mini-sprawl), Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Dave Muller: Connections, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (curated by Amada Cruz), (traveled to Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles), (cat.)
2001
Current 85, Dave Muller: Spatial, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MI
Clothes, Polaroids, Movies & Music, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Galleria Allesandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy
2000
How to Secede (Without Really Trying), The Approach, London, United Kingdom
Spatial, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Thermal, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA (with David Hughes)
1999
here and there, Four Walls, San Francisco, CA
Chelsea, Project Wall, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998
L, L, L, L, L, L, L, L, A, A, A, A, A, A, A, A, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Apple, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Love is All Around (In Black and White and Color), Spanish Box, Santa Barbara, CA
1996
Studio 246 (with Alex Slade), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
1993
A Number of Ladders (Borrowed), Broad Studio #2, Cal Arts D301, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Rex Ravenelle, David A. Muller, Due North, D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1992
Woo, Mint Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1990
Games, Oblong Salon, Davis, CA
1989
David. A Muller, William Matthew Humphrey, Basement Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions
2009
Dilettantes, Dandies, and Divas, Gavlak projects, Miami, Fl
2008
Jeremy Deller: Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2007
Artists Benefit for Free Speech TV, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Deaf 2 "From the Audible to the Visible", Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France, curated by Peter Coffin
Panic Room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation
Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens Greece
Public Art Fund Silent Auction, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
scaleSCALE, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
White Columns Benefit Auction, White Columns, New York, NY
2006
Good Vibrations Le arti visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
Thank You for The Music (London Beat), Spruth Magers Lee, London
White Columns Benefit Auction, White Columns, New York, NY
Intersteller Low Ways, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Seeing Blue, The Gallery at Buck House, New York, NY
2005
Think Blue, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Dialogues, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
in words and pictures, Murray Guy, New York, NY
8e Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2005, Lyon, France
Trade, White Columns, New York, NY (curated by Matthew Higgs)
Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI (curated by Dominic Molon and Pamela Alper for Independent Curators International); travels to Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2004
A Molecular History of Everything, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia
Three Day Weekend, Public Art Fund Projects in Central Park, collaboration with the Whitney Biennial, The Arsenal Building, New York, NY
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco (travels), (cat.)
2004 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
SPF Self-Portraits, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
It Happened Tomorrow, 7th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (curated by Robert Nickas)
For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Subtle Occupation, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Intimates, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Funny Papers, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Melvins, curated by Bob Nickas, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (curated by Vicky Clark and Barbara Bloemink), (cat)
2002
Rent-a-bench, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Jacob Fabricius)
Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering Rock Music, Milton Keynes Gallery, United Kingdom (curated by Emma Mahony), (travels to Cornerhouse, Manchester/Angel Row, Nottingham/Tullie House, Carlise, Great Britain). (cat.)
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Low, Los Angeles, CA
Curatorial Practice Today, Arco International Contemporary Art Fair 2002, Panel Discussion (February 15 2002)
L.A. On My Mind: Recent Acquisitions from MOCA's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2001
Humid, The Moore Building, Miami, FL (Curated by Dominic Molon)
Revolutions Per Minute, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (organized by Lorelei Stewart)
Drawn from LA (home is where the heart is), Midway Initiative Gallery, St. Paul, MN (curated by Julie Deamer)
Extra Art: A Survey of Artists' Ephemera 1960-1999, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA (curated by Steven Leiber), (cat.)
Jennifer Bornstein, Mark Grotjahn, Dave Muller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
"Imaginary" Monumental Sculpture Lawn (IMSL), Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Artist's World, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA (curated by Ralph Rugoff)
En el cielo, TRANS, Venice, Italy
I Want More, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Music, Three Day Weekend, Els Hanappe Underground, Athens, Greece
2000
L.A., Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athens, Greece
White Album, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (curated by Jan Tumlir)
H20, Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA
Can (Re-Mix), Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Made in California: Now, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Dancing Horses, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Conversation, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Ever Get the Feeling You've Been ... Cheated, A22, London, United Kingdom
L.A., Monika Spruth, Cologne, Germany
Goddamn the Pusherman, The Showroom, London, United Kingdom
Democracy! , Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom (cat.)
as i love you you become more pretty, 937 N. Hudson, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Karin Gulbran)
1999
The Sea The Sea, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Project Room, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Standing Still & Walking in Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (curated by Terry R. Myers), (cat.)
Matthew Antezzo, Sam Durant, Dave Muller, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
After the Gold Rush, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Lia Gangitano and Joseph Wolin) Post Millennial Fizzy, (addressing the possibility of the future), Luckman Art Gallery, Cal State Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA (curated by Julie Joyce & Adam Ross)
Group Exhibition, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
1998
Encyclopedia 1999, Turner & Runyon, Dallas, TX
L.A. or Lilliput?, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (curated by Michael Darling)
Bowie, Rupert Goldsworthy, New York, NY
Time Dilates, Three Day Weekend, Soho Arts Festival, New York, NY (curated by Dave Muller)
Wahlverwandtschaften, Appenzel, Switzerland (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist), (cat.)
L.A. On Paper 2: Fantastic Matter of Fact, Three Day Weekend, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria (curated by Dave Muller)
Cover, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Dave Muller)
1997
Hot Coffee, Artist's Space, New York, NY (curated by Thomas Lawson)
Summer of Love, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY
Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles (Version), Three Day Weekend, Malmo, Sweden (curated by Dave Muller), (traveled to Jason & Rhodes, London, England, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Visits, Three Day Weekend, P-House, Tokyo, Japan (curated by Dave Muller)
1996
Stream of Consciousness, University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (curated by Elizabeth A. Brown)
Chalk: A Momentary Chillout Room, Factory Place, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Sue Spaid)
Mod Squad, Spanish Box, Santa Barbara, CA (curated by Michael Darling)
Love's Labors Lost, SITE, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Sue Spaid)
1995
Smells Like Vinyl, Roger Merians Gallery, New York, NY (organized by Thaddeus Strode & Sarah Seager)
Occupato, Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Luciano Perna)
Redevelopment, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA
Three Day Weekend Takes an Extended Working Vacation, at Rezone, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
Time + Space Projects Addressing the Closing of the Site, FOODHOUSE, Santa Monica, CA
1994
On the Eve of New Year's Eve: A Cocktail Party, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Thanks, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Dave's Not Here, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Labor & Leisure, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Dave Right Over, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
1993
Sound Art Derby, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
1992
Extravaganza, Open House, Los Angeles, CA


Public Collections
Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angele


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