The title of the exhibition derives from the title of Müller’s latest catalogue, published by the Centre for Recent Drawing in London together with Patrick Heide Contemporary Art in 2011. The catalogue concentrates on the variety, process and essential qualities of the German artist’s drawing practice and will be available at the opening and throughout the exhibition.
Since the mid 90ties Müller has worked exclusively with the medium of drawing, exploring an endless spectrum of media and motives where no routine is allowed. Always non figurative, each drawing is a renewed and fresh exploration into process, composition and material.
Blue and purple ballpoint pen drawings of dense thin parallel lines are created next to drawings with lines and loose grids in green and violet oil or marks and spots in Indian ink. Motifs of organic weaving in black crayon are opposed to almost imperceptible doodles in graphite or colour pencil.
All works are nevertheless linked in spirit and interact with each other in spite of their variety. Müller’s typical installation method, rows of A4 drawings hung in open and broken groupings of always the same distance, allows the eye to wander and underlines the connections between the drawings but also brings out new aspects amongst the works. As Patrick Heide states in the accompanying invitation text: “Müller understands (like very few artists) how to let drawing develop in any direction, where the next drawing can be the missing type, yet capture its essence at the same time.”
In ‘Touching Relating Dividing’, an installation of A4 drawings will map out a good part of the main gallery space downstairs, covering it from floor to ceiling.
Yet Müller has always been engaging with larger surfaces as well, and has demonstrated his talent and ability on this scale. Three drawings of even larger format than in the last London exhibition will be presented, amongst them an enormous blue ballpoint pen drawing: realized by placing a caliber formed after a piece of glass on the paper surface, Müller traces its edges to then move the caliber spirally, creating flowing waves that cover the full extent of the paper to an imposing visual impact.
Thomas Müller studied painting and drawing at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart as well as German literature at the University of Stuttgart. He had museum exhibitions in Germany, France, Switzerland, USA and Iceland. His drawings are collected internationally and form part of high profile private collections such as the Guerlain collection in Paris or the Frankel collection in the US.
Prominent museums such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Bonn and Stuttgart and the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin hold larger numbers of his drawings in their collections.
In 2010 he was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix de Dessin Contemporain of the Fondation Guerlain.
Thomas Müller lives and works in Stuttgart.
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