October 16th 6:30-7:30
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
I will be leading a walkthrough of my exhibition on Wednesday evening in an event that is free and open to the public.
I’m OK, You’re OK
September 21st- November 2nd
Mueller’s current body of work continues hisconsideration of disruption, destabilization, and collapse.“I’m OK, You’re OK” employs the formal language of color and geometric abstraction with its implication of order and platonic ideal: an unobstructed nod to Frank Stella and Joseph Albers.
The show’s title is appropriated from Thomas Harris’ wildly popular self-help book on Transactional Analysis. “I’m OK, You’re OK” serves as substrate for Mueller’s investigation into how formal relationships adapt, persist, and deform/transform in the face of change. So often these outcomes are determined/dependent upon what wasand are marred by the memory of old patterns. Mueller is often seduced by the way crisp formal logic suggests transcendent ideas and elemental truths. But he also approaches these perceived truths with fundamental distrust.
As with the Support/Surface movement, Mueller’s formalism is informed by a political sensibility. The pieces examine and reconsider the underlying structures and dynamics of abstraction. They articulate not just nihilistic destruction but also a playful reconfiguring of Essentialist Art as an ill-fitted suit. Awkward compromises, provisional solutions, and ugly truths perhaps mirror the contemporary moment where everything seems to be orbiting a desire for some kind of classical ideal in a world that is too compromised to absorb the disruption.