Harald F. Muller - Maler und modell, Birmanie, 2015 (detail)

Harald F. Muller / Harald F. Müller

August 9, 2013

A German contemporary artist, Harald F. Müller mixes materials that include photography, painting and sculpture. His work is the result of extensive research in archives and libraries, making use of a few significant pictures which are unchanged but decontextualized to make them ambiguous.

Born in 1950 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Müller currently lives and works in Höri peninsula, Lake Constance, Germany. He graduated from Stuttgart Art Academy, Germany. He has exhibited at venues including Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, Centre de la Photographie, Geneve,Switzerland, Kunstverein Baselland, Switzerland, Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Villa Arson, Nice, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, among others.

Enlarging his found images to as much as four meters, the artist prints them on conventional Cibachrome paper mounted on thin panels of aluminum and hangs them on sculptural mounts so that they appear to be floating. When viewed up close, these works allow for different levels of perception, from the objective to the abstract. Through this practice, he explores the emotional resonance of advertising imagery when released from its function. He often works in collaboration with architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer to develop color concepts for their buildings, and has created sculptures for public spaces including the Prime Tower in Zurich.

Featured image: Harald F. Müller - Maler und modell, Birmanie, 2015 (detail). C-print on aluminum. 47 1/5 × 47 1/5 × 5 9/10 in. 120 × 120 × 15 cm. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie