Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Zahnradstrasse 21, CH-8005 Zurich
tel. +41 44 278 10 10
April 26 - May 26, 2012
The gallery’s project spaces are dedicated to new works of Claudia and Julia Müller. The sisters have
been collaborating since 1992 and are renowned for their complex wall drawings, installations, works on
paper, and video pieces. In their artistic work, Claudia and Julia Müller are on the outlook for opposite
and contradictory imageries, which they combine to create fantastic pictorial worlds. Their works often
deal with human relationships and power structures. The light-footedness with which they combine
various visual elements and techniques is a signature quality of these two artists.
Now Claudia and Julia Müller present works from their newest series, in which they focus on the theme
of “nothing” or “no thing”. In their drawings (acrylic and pencil on paper and canvas, 45x60 cm to
150x200 cm), the artist duo goes in search of the moment of creation in the artistic process, in which
something takes form without yet being fully shaped. In consequence, the works appear to in a perpetual
shift between form and abstraction. When speaking about their work process, Claudia and Julia Müller
note that they are on a constant lookout for patterns. The artists find these in the psychology of behavior,
theory models or content structures, but also in optic repetitions and visual schemes.
Concepts and counter-concepts are central to the works of the series Habitus versus Habitat shown in
the rear exhibition room. Opposites dominate in these pictures, and concepts that are in conflict to each
other, such as the Carnivor and Herbivor (Image invitation card, acrylic and pencil on paper, framed
32x23,5 cm). Not only do plant-eating herbivores keep a different diet to meat-eating carnivores, they
may become a food source themselves as the case may be. According to one’s angle of view the
herbivore is subject or object, the eater or the food. The ambiguous figure of the herbivore compactly
illustrates how definition is dependent on hierarchy.