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Blum & Poe : Friedrich Kunath - Lacan's Haircut | Dave Muller - yeah yeah yeah yeah - 8 Sept 2012 to 27 Oct 2012

Current Exhibition

8 Sept 2012 to 27 Oct 2012
Hours -Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
Blum & Poe
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
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Friedrich Kunath
Lacan's Haircut
September 8 - October 27, 2012

Artists in this exhibition: Friedrich Kunath, Dave Muller

Friedrich Kunath
Lacan's Haircut

September 8 - October 27, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, September 8, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to present Lacan's Haircut, Friedrich Kunath's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Anchored by a large body of new paintings, this immersive exhibition will also include sculpture, floor coverings, video and an accompanying book entitled "You Owe Me a Feeling" with text by David Berman.

Kunath continues his exploration of the oppositional and the inherent dichotomy in every state of being. His search is for the ever elusive nature of the grasp of understanding. Pulled from outside to inside, from light to dark, from the humble to the vainglorious to the elated and the dejected, and back again, Kunath's world begs for an embrace, begs to be embraced.

Kunath's new paintings offer even more ambitious equations, with single picture planes, including variables as diverse as history painting, still life, comic book imagery, commercial illustration, nature photography and lyrical references. These assemblages begin with a wash of color on thin fabric followed by subsequent layers of varying media, including India ink, silkscreen, lacquer, pencil, oil, acrylic and found objects. The combinations dissolve the constraints of time, genre and similar cardinal forces: a tan forearm thrusts the perfect spiral of a vanilla ice cream cone rendered in photorealist acrylic onto a wilted silkscreen of a Renaissance-era landscape. The resulting surfaces are not pictures as much as constellations of art historical movements, pop culture references and literary archetypes. With broad strokes, Kunath shepherds wayward and institutionalized forms into a more animated and exuberant present.

Friedrich Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1974 and lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, CO; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Kunstverein Hannover and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh and The World is Yours, Palazzo Grassi, Venice. A solo presentation at The Sprengel Museum, Hannover is forthcoming.

Dave Muller
yeah yeah yeah yeah

September 28 - October 27, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, September 28, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to announce our seventh solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Dave Muller.

Dave Muller is endlessly fascinated with music in all its forms and everything it permeates, from the graphic residue that is the subject of his artwork - record sleeves, CD cases, disco balls, iPods - to his curatorial role as a deejay. His work is a visual depiction of his musical obsession, charting how music infiltrates and shapes our realities and serving as a portrait of its cultural impact.

Muller's current body of work uses the final chorus line from the Beatles song She Loves You as a starting point to reveal as much about the hype of "Beatlemania" as the decade itself. Presented as a musical timeline from 1962 to 1970, the exhibition aurally and visually chronicles the Top 100 hits from each of those years through nine rooms within the exhibition. Utilizing computers as jukeboxes, Muller conjures brief moments of time travel, letting each song relive part of its former life. Interestingly, the Top 100 were not the radio hits of the 1960's. Progressive rock music had not yet replaced Sinatra-era standards, emphasizing the discrepancy between what was charted and what our memories recall. Further enhancing this revelation are Muller's works on paper, which are selectively placed throughout the rooms. His unique painterly style - loose and whimsical, yet deliberate and factual - depicts appropriated images familiar and forgotten. Together with the room's music, Muller's environment pits cultural nostalgia against reality, creating a reconsidered portrait of the decade.

Dave Muller was born in 1964 in San Francisco and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Castilla y León, León, Spain; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. Recent group exhibitions include The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Rock-Paper-Scissors, Pop Music as Subject of Visual Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Augstria; and Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

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