It is our pleasure to present the third solo exhibition of the Stuttgart based artist Thomas Müller. As an artist who exclusively focuses on the medium of drawing, Thomas Müller commands a prominent position in this field. In the 90s his work has been on show at the New York Drawing Centre and has been a part of the most important drawing exhibitions of the last few years, including "Linea, Linie, Line" - IFA's (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) extensive drawing overview in Bonn. It is also present among numerous German and international collections, such as the Kunsthalle Hamburg, Pinakothek der Moderne München, the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2010 Müller was nominated for the Fondation Guerlain's renowned "Prix de dessin contemporain".
Müller's work explores the substance and nature of drawing and the drawing process itself, which materializes as a stroke or trace on the page and means the line doesn't depict nor describe but becomes the subject matter itself. With an immense variety of materials such as chalk, ink, oils, acrylics, ballpoint pen, colour and led pencil, Thomas Müller explores the image space. This he partially fills with either minimal markings or dense rhythmically interwoven grids and wave-like structures, which appear as if they were extracts of an unending continuum.
Müller's drawings, which have emerged for years in small and large formats have been created through a consistent flow of production; they always respond symmetrically to earlier creations by the permutation, modification of the motifs and polarization of the answers. His drawings are polylinear in the sense that they follow simultaneous paths of evolution, which Müller pursues in parallel and which can cross-pollinate but can also repel each other like strong magnetic fields.
One could also describe Müller's work as the poetics or grammar of the art of drawing. The analogy to language can prompt Wittgenstein's famous dictum from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world" (Tractatus 5.6).
A new publication, produced in collaboration with the London Centre for recent drawings, is now available.