MANFRED MÜLLER’S new edition series When Blue Becomes Form is a group of carefully enlarged reproductions from small 19th century, appropriated photographs with ultramarine blue pigment and linseed oil that is a combination of water colorish applied oil paint. The act of this disruptive technique brings a new narrative to these vernacular photographs. The radical intervention onto the image brings a mysterious and also an apocalyptic spark, removing the details that show distinct geography or time. The subjects of the image are presented to the viewer in a new reality - the extinction of their reality. The blue translates into depth and stability, symbolizing water and the abyss, but also causes the subjects or objects in the frame to fight against its imposing erasure.
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in the 1950's, Müller keeps studios in his hometown and in Los Angeles, where he relocated in the 1990's. After having received his license as an industrial engineering draftsman in the late 1960's, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, and immediately following, was awarded grants from the city of Düsseldorf, and the German Industry Endowment of the Arts. His permanent large-scale sculpture and stunning public installations can be found in Cologne, Germany, Münster, Germany, as well as Agoura Hills, California. One of his most widely recognized public works is Twilight and Yearning, a trio of massive steel dories, which have occupied a conspicuous place under the Santa Monica pier since the summer of 1997. His unique works on paper can be found in private and public collections worldwide including those of the Deutche Bank, The City of Santa Monica Arts Foundation and the Frederick Weisman Foundation to name a few.
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