Yesterday I visited Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum to see the exhibition space that Munich Artists will be using from April 20 until May 5, 2016 for a TBA group exhibition/party.
The space is located in Neuperlach in a deserted shopping center. My first thought was “How cool! I want a studio here.” That was a gut reaction without my brain joining in on the discussion because I live in Sendling and work near Viktualienmarkt so a studio in Neuperlach would make no sense whatsoever but, I do have a car and a love of oldish buildings where I can make artsy messes and where I can see street art everyday.
This building reminds me of my deluxe lego set which I played with for hours building square buildings with little windows for my matchstick cars. The building also feels hipster and cool and a great place to kick back with a coffee and a camera and a few Munich Artists. (Bring your own thermos because the place is empty except for art studios and the gallery spaces. There are no hipster coffee shops here BUT maybe we can do a popup Foodie event on the evening of our gathering?)
Getting out of my car, I glimpsed this art piece on the side of the building:
and then this one:
and then this one!
After snapping the three art pieces, I wondered where the other street artists were hiding? Why was this building naked? In other cities this building would have been coated with art because the walls can be reached without a cherry picker and everybody knows the building is eventually going to be torn down. Hello? Street artists? Anybody wanting to go pimp this building before the exhibition in April? The building is going to be torn down this year. Time is running out!
Ingrid Mueller is a Bavarian artist. Here is all the bio stuff that might interest you. Her website is called “Moments of Human experience.” Don’t Google for an Ingrid Mueller website because that does not belong to this Ingrid Mueller and I don’t want you to be confused between the two Ingrids. The bavarian Ingrid Mueller has a website entitled “momente-des-menschseins.de”
I met Ingrid Mueller at the Kunsttreff to see the exhibition space and then we walked over to her studio and she showed me her current work which is very different from her prior work. (I took not a single photo of her older work.)
The photos below are of my favourite piece. It is two sided and Ingrid used acrylic on canvas with these cutouts she made from books. The cutouts on this piece are cut from the text of an art encyclopedia. I like that German artists are treading into old book manipulation & using them as raw art material. Books are much more valuable to Germans than to Americans so this seems to mean more for some reason. German artists are now willing to destroy a book to make something new from it. I wonder what dark and dingy trail art historians will go down from this observation.
Here are a few more pieces in this mixed media style:
Looking at Ingrid’s older works, I could not believe it was the same artist. I asked her if she had some kind of epiphany but she just shrugged. That is an ok answer for me. Who really cares why an artist goes from straight figurative to exploring “Heimat” in a mixed media format in a flat two dimensional way that has nothing to do with “real life” figures as long as it is the same artist and it is a pivot in her art production/style development and she continues to explore her theme without falling back into her safety zone classic figurative artwork.
Ingrid has a few pieces where the artwork is based on the text of the book she destroyed. one art piece has Kafka’s cockroach story which I figured out (kind of) because I saw a transformation from human to something else but I didn’t get the cockroach until she mentioned Kafka.
There were lots of A3 collages with animals and flowers done on paper. I thought these would make good collaboration pieces for other people to work on using Ingrid’s piece as a starting point. I also thought Ingrid could work with her husband on these type of collaged art pieces using his nature photography and her new style.
I enjoyed visiting with Ingrid and practicing my German. If you like to see Ingrid’s work or want to meet her at her studio, you can connect with her at the following :
Quiddestraße 45, 81735 München