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Ulrike Müller

On Edge

November 19, 2022January 7, 2023

Gallery II

This image illustrates a link to the exhibition titled Ulrike Müller: On Edge

Installation image credit: Jeff McLane

Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 4 – 6 PM

Vielmetter Los Angeles is excited to announce “On Edge” New York-based artist Ulrike Müller’s first solo show in Los Angeles. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery II from November 19, 2022 through January 7, 2023.

Comprised of vitreous enamel paintings on steel, textiles, paper collages, monotypes, and painted walls, Müller extends the pictorial space of the exhibition beyond the gallery into communal areas and onto the outside walls of the building—presenting an ambitious array of recent work where the intimate becomes customary, and the pedestrian becomes sensual.

Through a multi-faceted artistic practice spanning curating, publishing, and public murals, the Austrian-born artist’s image-making takes apart the symbolic signage of our collective histories—slicing, cutting, zooming, edging, remixing, coloring, and abutting in unforeseeable ways, infusing amusement and tenderness at each turn and producing a manifold of visual reform.

On view in the exhibition is a group of recently completed monotypes created through a painterly printmaking technique that combines indexical marks and the collaging of previously printed papers into unique works. Accompanying the monotypes is a group of smaller paper collages, each entitled Instrumentarium, in a nod to cassettes of 18th-century surgical instruments. Both groups of works exemplify the artist’s toolbox of varying forms, textures, and tones in kinetic compositions that set in motion meaning and figuration. By breaking down traditional assemblies and binary systems these investigational works on paper provoke us to reexamine the motives and means of visual communication.

Continuing the artist’s exploration of relationships between abstraction and the body through painterly modalities that are not limited to brush and canvas is a group of enamel-on-steel paintings. Materially connected to industrial sign making, and to histories of hygiene and jewelry, the works on view, each entitled Hinges, are finely honed, kiln-fired compositions of hard-edged forms and curvilinear contours.

Such animate, hybridized mannerisms are transferred throughout the entire exhibition appearing, for example, as flat creature-like shapes in rugs woven from local wool by Zapotec weavers in Mexico as well as in paint swaths of different grays onto some of the gallery’s walls. Appearing as if shadows of unknown origin had been cast on the building from outside they situate viewers in their own bodies and draw attention to perspectives that lie outside the framework of the gallery and this exhibition.

Ulrike Müller
“Rug (partes móviles),” 2022
Wool, handwoven in the workshop of Jerónimo and Josefina Hernández Ruiz, Teotitlán del Valle del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
103" x 166" [HxW] (261.62 x 421.64 cm)
Inventory #MUL1040
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.37 x 30.48 x 1.91 cm)
Inventory #MUL1037
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
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Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.36 x 30.48 x 1.9 cm)
Inventory #MUL1034
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1034_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Sequitur,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" [HxW] (39.37 x 30.48 cm)
Inventory #MUL1026
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Shark Senesac
mul1026_hires-1668764298.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.37 x 30.48 x 1.91 cm)
Inventory #MUL1035
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1035_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.36 x 30.48 x 1.9 cm)
Inventory #MUL1031
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1031_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.37 x 30.48 x 1.91 cm)
Inventory #MUL1036
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
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Ulrike Müller
“Sequitur,” 2020
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" [HxW] (39.37 x 30.48 cm)
Inventory #MUL1000
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
mul1000_hires-1668697251.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.37 x 30.48 x 1.91 cm)
Inventory #MUL1038
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1038_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.37 x 30.48 x 1.91 cm)
Inventory #MUL1039
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1039_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.36 x 30.48 x 1.9 cm)
Inventory #MUL1032
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1032_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1054
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
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Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1046
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1046_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1053
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1053_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); ; 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1052
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1052_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1055
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1055_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1056
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1056_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1049
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1049_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1047
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1047_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1048
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1048_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1057
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1057_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Instrumentarium,” 2022
Chine collé on paper
11" x 8 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (27.94 x 21.59 cm); 13 ¹⁄₄" x 10 ³⁄₄" x 1" [HxWxD] (33.65 x 27.3 x 2.54 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1050
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated recto
mul1050_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Hinges,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" x ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (39.36 x 30.48 x 1.9 cm)
Inventory #MUL1030
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Brica Wilcox
Signed and dated verso
mul1030_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“On Edge,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1045
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Set To,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé and pochoir on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1042
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Isn't Home,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé and pochoir on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1058
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Bird-like,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1044
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Kind und Kegel,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé and pochoir on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1029
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
mul1029_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Rug (orientación),” 2022
Wool, handwoven in the workshop of Jerónimo and Josefina Hernández Ruiz, Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
77" x 103" [HxW] (195.58 x 261.62 cm)
Inventory #MUL1041
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Small Business,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1028
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
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Ulrike Müller
“Cut It Out,” 2022
Monotype with chine collé on paper, printed at 10 Grand Press, Brooklyn, New York
29" x 23" [HxW] (73.66 x 58.42 cm); 32 ¹⁄₂" x 26" x 1 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (82.55 x 66.04 x 3.81 cm) Framed
Inventory #MUL1043
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
mul1043_hires.jpg
Ulrike Müller
“Sequitur,” 2022
Vitreous enamel on steel
15 ¹⁄₂" x 12" [HxW] (39.37 x 30.48 cm)
Inventory #MUL1025
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Shark Senesac
mul1025_hires-1668697364.jpg

Bio

Ulrike Müller (born 1971, Austria) employs a wide range of materials and techniques, her work moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange. A large mural by Müller, The Conference of Animals, was recently on view at The Queens Museum, New York. Solo exhibitions include those at The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia (2019), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2018), mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2015), Callicoon Fine Arts, New York (2016, 2021), and the Brooklyn Museum (2012). Her work has been included in many significant group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2019), the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg (2018), Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum, New York, and the Whitney Biennial (2017). She recently co-curated The Animal Within—Creatures in (and outside) the mumok Collection at mumok and co-edited the eponymous publication (with Manuela Ammer). She is also the editor of Work the Room – A Handbook on Performance Strategies (OE/b_books, 2006), and she organized and co-edited Herstory Inventory – 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists (Dancing Foxes Press, 2014). From 2005-2008 Müller was a co-editor of the queer feminist art journal LTTR. Müller’s work is included in the following public collections and institutions: The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Vienna, Austria; MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Müller currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.