Dave Muller “Sublime Memory Garden”

Blum & Poe

poster for Dave Muller “Sublime Memory Garden”
Image: Dave Muller (2014) polaroid drawings

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Blum & Poe is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of its Tokyo gallery at 1-14-34 Jingumae. Dave Muller: Sublime Memory Garden will be the Los Angeles-based artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in Japan.

Dave Muller’s acrylic-on-paper paintings and multimedia installations are rooted in his deep fascination with music, how it infiltrates and shapes our realities, and the communal dialogue it generates across cultures. In his characteristically loose yet deliberate painterly style, Muller depicts the iconography of his musical obsession: record sleeves, CD cases, disco balls, iPods, as well as appropriated images familiar and forgotten.

Sublime Memory Garden is a contemplative “garden” space that combines the artist’s love of music with his other favorite subject: nature. The installation begins with a timeline wall drawing that wraps around the gallery and portrays the rise and fall of rock ‘n’ roll as a dominant economic force in the music world. Peppered throughout the walls are framed drawings that relate to specific moments on the timeline. Spanning both sides of the gallery’s full-height windows, which afford an expansive view of the Meiji Shrine gardens, this installation is envisaged as a fertile “ground” where plants of a lush garden grow. In the middle of the gallery, several dozen drawings in Polaroid format are presented on a low table. Castaways or asides to the images on the walls, these Polaroid drawings are a kind of fertilizer for the installation as a whole.



from September 19, 2014 to November 15, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-09-18 from 18:00 to 20:00


Dave Muller



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