Whitney Biennial 2017

Solo en Inglès

Ulrike Müller (b. 1971), Rug (gato chico), 2015. Wool, handwoven in the workshop of Josefina and Jerónimo Hernández Ruiz, Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, 64 ½ × 48 ½ in. (163.8 × 123.2 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

Ulrike Müller: Hi, I’m Ulrike Müller.

Narrator: Müller’s installation extends into the main gallery, then moves down the passageway and outside onto the terrace.

Ulrike Müller: Context is a big thing that I always consider in my work. The distinction between looking at the work indoors, where it's climate controlled, and where there is artificial lighting, and looking at the same type of work outside, where there is weather and climate and where the seasons will change over the duration of the exhibition, will create a shift in awareness that I'm really interested in.

Narrator: Müller has installed works in multiple different media in this space.

Ulrike Müller: The works is really rooted in drawing. And then based on these drawings that become templates in my studio, I translate the forms into different kinds of materials, so baked enamel and steel would be one of them. Woven wool that can occupy the place of painting and sit on a wall but also can occupy the floor and be a rug as one would encounter in a domestic setting. And then there are works on paper and more traditional paintings that use oil on canvas.

The enamel paintings I've been making since 2010 are vitreous enamel that's fused onto steel in a kiln. I always thought about them as related to bodies. They're very relational, partially also because, talking about the enamel paintings, because of their surface quality, so as they have a play with mirroring and symmetry and their interior compositional relationships, they also always mirror the person or the viewer that's looking at them.