Inspired by amateur flyers created by fans of indie rock bands, Dave Muller began producing watercolors based on the actual exhibition announcements of artists he admired. Acts of homage, they have never been mere copies. Muller transforms them, always retaining factual information, but subverting and reinterpreting it with wry humor. Simultaneously, Muller has been hosting his much beloved Three Day Weekends
--"artist-run, nomadic projects" in which Muller invites artists he likes to exhibit in any space he can find, providing an opening party and refreshments and working collaboratively with each artist to choose pieces for the show. Originally held in his own studio, the TDW has moved around the world with Muller, with events in such cities as London, Tokyo, Athens, and San Francisco, in places as diverse as a freight elevator and a standard gallery. Although they take different forms, Muller's parallel art activities--his drawings and the TDW--are related in terms of the issues they raise: what Muller has referred to as "amorphous authorship," and the identity of artists and how their personas are presented by art world mechanisms and structures.
Essays by Amada Cruz and Matthew Higgs.
Paperback, 11 x 9.5 in., 78 pages, 182 color, 2 b/w illustrations