Greg Allen-Müller b.1973 in Texas, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The subjective relationship to one’s own artwork can be as difficult to distill as the first glance of the undiscerning eye upon a contemporary work of art. I have to ask myself why is it so difficult to describe with words the forms that flow out into my work with such perceived effortlessness? Perhaps the linear, abstract quality of language is rarely sufficient to describe the experience of art (much less the reason behind the process or intent). Physical reality is bombarding all our senses from every direction at once. A symptom of this barrage of reality on my senses has been a driving force to express myself through visual work.
Recent past human activities have distracted from the environment we were grown from. We distanced ourselves from the dusty, dirty, sticky, gooey chaos that conceived us. Straightening lines (right angles, etc.) have become an increasingly standard reaction to this separation. Technology, architecture, industry, and many aspects of modern life furthered such qualities. My work develops as a combination of my reaction to the current frenzy created by our hyper-saturated post-internet era and the desire for the calmness that was the modern world (as people leaving the fields to work in factories must have felt). I strive to create space utilizing the straight line in a manner to slow down time. Reflective surface qualities of some of my works are used as a literal gesture as opposed to metaphor. At the same time images are being consumed and spill into the works in subtle ways. The use of color and other elements eventually force simple structure to mutate. In this way I believe I am synthesizing the complexities of life into deceptively simple work.
In my contemplation throughout the course of developing as an artist I have come to understand that my thoughts on these matters are contrary. I believe this statement is what I think at this moment. As long as the reality of life continues to come at me I will continue to think and rethink what the work is expressing.
” Art is too illusive to define, create, or consume, but some how exists. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.