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Solo show: Felix Müller - Holz! (over)

3 April 2008 until 3 May 2008
  Felix Müller - Holz!
Felix Müller
 
  Galerie Martin Mertens

Galerie Martin Mertens
Linienstraße 148
10115 Berlin
Germany (city map)

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Holz! Felix Müller entitles his new group of works clearly and briefly and hijacks the beholder into the German woods. During the last couple of years the Berlin based painter has developed a technically mature and distinctive but obstinate pictorial world. His works are precise and slithery, easy and dire, contemporary and attached to the past at the same time. Desire appears but the disaster is close.

In the woods then! And where stylized stems support the vertical line optically, there is an emotional abyss. Black holes gape, eerie bunnies bare their teeth and young ladies are swinging axes - all of this in muted hues with candy-coloured emphases. There are juvenile demons that Müller hoos through the woods - ghostly transparent girls, figures from children's books, and the Grimm brothers are close as well - their evil wolf however, would be a too straightforward companion. Felix Müller rather thinks in the manner of Carroll's "Alice" or as the figure in Hauff's spellbound tales. The actions undertaken by the protagonists range between mysterious and obscure. This is underlined by the titles of the works, such as "Bunkerhase" (bunker-bunny) or "Hackordnung" (pecking order), which point to a remote martial occurrence in the enchanted forest.

Müller sends Lolitas out on search amongst the trees, lets them shave their legs in a pond or makes them eavesdrop at ominous holes in the ground. But whoever gets too close to them lives in danger. Not only because of the axes - Müller also causes the beholder to recoil because of his technique. His works combine delicate and painterly background with graphically cool and plane figures. A new element in the show Holz! is the step into the third dimension: His newest work which is realised directly on the wall, makes the figures hover in front of the wall as wooden reliefs.

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