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Markus Müller - Concrete

Exhibtion view Concrete 2006, photo: Christian Helmle

Exhibtion view Concrete 2006, photo: Christian Helmle

Exhibtion view Concrete 2006, photo: Christian Helmle

4. May – 19. October 2006

Thun-Panorama

Markus Müller creates sculptures using simple materials which he then paints. As a result, his usually very large objects made of chipboard, roof slats or plywood are transformed into marble, agate, bones, precious woods or concrete. Through this play with appearance and reality, Markus Müller positions himself in the tradition of painting. His painted imitations of valuable materials, his simulations of nature and culture, are reminiscent of stage sets. But unlike a stage set, where the people in the auditorium are kept at a distance, Markus Müller's deceptive technique can be unmasked from close up. The altered perception of his volumes in terms of weight, density, value and function, questions our relationship to art and authenticity.

Markus Müller's objects represent things which in themselves do not have artwork status. For the Wocher Panorama, he has designed furniture made of thick chipboard painted to make them look as if they were moulded out of concrete. In this way, the artist references the architecture of the 1960s Wocher Pavilion with its the concrete pillars and dusky windowless ground floor.