Dave Muller, Youth Misspent (in Record Stores) © Dave Muller / Photo Josh Schaedel
Dave Muller: Sunset, Sunrise
Jul 9 – Aug 13, 2022
Blum & Poe
Los Angeles, USA

Blum & Poe is pleased to present Sunset, Sunrise (repeat) b/w The Record Pavilion, Los Angeles based artist Dave Muller’s eleventh solo exhibition with the gallery. With Sunset, Sunrise (repeat) b/w The Record Pavilion, Muller looks back on his life of growing up in record stores. In a tribute to the slow and physical act of touching, browsing, and looking at records, this exhibition presents the artist’s treasured pastime, one that is becoming extinct as music consumption is increasingly intangible. The presentation unfolds in three parts: hand-painted wall murals, new paintings of records and record store paraphernalia, and an open air, modernist pavilion for rehousing records.

Muller’s newest paintings draw from a reservoir of reference materials that the artist has amassed, including his scrupulous archive of price tags and hype stickers – a personal collection of roughly 1,500 unique decals from albums purchased. Depicting these at larger than life scale and layering them atop one another to fill the composition, Muller tapes off, gessoes, and paints each section of the work’s surface in thin, accumulating layers, in a nod to the analog and hand-done systems of music distribution.

Muller also presents works that further his quintessential record paintings. Inspiring the exhibition’s title, Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell and Amii Stewart’s Knock on Wood, two disco era classics, both have sunsets (or perhaps, sunrises) pictured on their labels. Muller has adoringly rendered both labels, every detail and bit of wear and tear, in his paintings turning the gallery into a durational space, with a sunrise at the east end and a sunset in the west. With these artworks as bookends, this installation functions as a three dimensional, 24 hour clock face.

At the center of the clock that makes up Sunset, Sunrise (repeat) b/w The Record Pavilion is the record pavilion: an open structure filled with a cornucopia of records from his personal collection that spans eras, countries, categories, and genres – like a diary that traces a life lived in music. The artist sees the records in this space as components of the ongoing self portrait that is his greater collection: a self portrait that is also an invitation to peruse. Of the records that he is willing to part with, he says, “they already had their journey with me.”

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