Touching Relating Dividing / New works by Thomas Müller



Opening: Tuesday 17th April 2012 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: 18th April to 19th May 2012


Thomas Müller, Untitled, Ballpoint and Indian ink on Arches paper, 160 x 115 cm, 2012


Touching Relating Dividing,  Thomas Müller at Patrick Heide CA
Photo by Marcus Leith





Touching Relating Dividing,  Thomas Müller at Patrick Heide CA
Photo by Marcus Leith



Touching Relating Dividing,  Thomas Müller at Patrick Heide CA
Photo by Marcus Leith



Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is pleased to present ‘Touching Relating Dividing’, the second solo exhibition in London of German artist Thomas Müller. ‘Touching Relating Dividing’ will feature an installation of recent drawings, hung in the usual open grid manner, and 3 large-scale works on paper.

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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claudioadami @ Patrick Heide / press release


Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Ora, ad allora" (translated “now, by then”), the first solo exhibition in the UK of Italian artist claudioadami. As part of a series of three exhibitions featuring artists that work with systematic drawing defined by a conceptual approach, claudioadami is the second artist after David Connearn, to be followed by gallery artist Isabel Albrecht at the beginning of June.


‘Ora, ad allora’ gives an overview of claudioadami’s practice over the past decade and highlights his concept of writing as drawing and its relevance as a medium to register the transcience of time.As part of a series of three exhibitions featuring artists that work with systematic drawing defined by a conceptual approach, claudioadami is the second artist after David Connearn, to be followed by gallery artist Isabel Albrecht at the beginning of June.
‘Ora, ad allora’ gives an overview of claudioadami’s practice over the past decade and highlights his concept of writing as drawing and its relevance as a medium to register the transcience of time.


claudioadami has been dedicated to his drawing project since the early 80’s, when he started to transcribe texts by Samuel Beckett. Almost every day since, claudioadami covers white surfaces in regular minute black writings, line by line, its scripture leaning to the right. claudioadami then overwrites his sentences so many times that the words as such disappear to become a succession of frayed and densely scribbled thick black bands.Since abandoning Beckett, Adami writes down whatever thoughts come to his head: daily tasks, poems, streams of consciousness, anything. He then dissolves these thoughts by overwriting them to a stage beyond recognition.
The meaning of the words, the narrative gives way to an abstract representation. The communication becomes obsolete.
His scribblings translate random thoughts that evolve into an obsessive, repetitive gesture emanating the fascination of the trickling movement in an hourglasses or the ceaseless rolling motion of the sea.


The London exhibition features a wide spectrum of works on paper from 2000 up to today, ranging from notebooks and notepads with daily recordings of his scribblings on individually dated single pages, to medium and larger formats with whole weeks and months of Adami’s mark-making on single or successive pages.
In the main gallery space claudioadami’s most time intensive installation, ’Campionario’, will be on display. The result of an ongoing project of over three years (2000-2003), the installation is composed of card and aluminium boxes of different sizes and shapes, each labelled with a start and an end date, every box containing various time segments of claudioadami’s tracings.
 

claudioadami, the artist’s name in one word, is not just a formal choice. It is a manifesto of his intention to describe the radical and essential message of his art and his existence. A continuum where art and life, now and then, space and time perfectly coincide and coexist.

claudioadami was born in Città di Castello (Italy) in 1951. He exhibited widely in Italy, in particular at the Mart museum in Rovererto and MACRO in Rome, where he lives and works.

The exhibition of claudioadami at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is staged in collaboration and exchange with Studio d’Arte Contemporanea Casagrande in Rome, which is currently hosting the exhibition ‘Deflection’ featuring works of gallery artist Hans Kotter.


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