June 8 – July 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8, 6 – 8pm
WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Megan Mueller’s I built this for you — an installation at Flashpoint Gallery. Mueller will combine her interests in both sculpture and drawing to create abstracted works of landscapes and natural forms. Mueller’s work suggests a connection to the land and exploration, place and memory, alongside a technical interest in mark-making and repetitive gestures. Her creative process is intuitive rather than pre-determined and mapped. Play and experimentation are at the crux of her practice and Mueller responds to works as they evolve organically.
Mueller’s two-dimensional works on paper use dripped acrylic paint that extends beyond the surface of the paper to include the wall below. The repetitive gestures used to create these works point to her fascination with the human tendency to use mark-making as a way to form connections with a place. This concept is also evident in her three-dimensional works which include an installation composed of brightly colored scraps of wood repurposed from past artworks. Mueller embeds her new works with histories and traces from past projects to reflect her attraction to legends and folk traditions.
Mueller’s show also draws upon both personal anecdotes and universal references and experiences. For example, she uses a house form marked with fur, connoting protection and warmth but also doubles as an homage to a familial cabin and an aunt’s dog who purportedly bit every member of Mueller’s family.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 8 from 6-8pm. Megan Mueller will be giving a talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center on June 24 at 1:30pm.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Manassas, Virginia in 1982, Megan Mueller is based in Washington DC. Mueller received a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and a BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including COUP D’ESPACE at the Washington Project for the Arts, Porch Projects, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Mueller has been an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center since September 2011.
ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists. Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously supported by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Washington Post Company and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2011-12 Wine Partner.
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.