Ulrike Müller

Ulrike Müller works with different formats and combinations based on her investigation of conceptual practices and the political potential of artistic production. The interplay of these different types and their combinations has given rise to a multifaceted oeuvre consisting of drawings and paintings, sound and performance works in which she explores the ambivalences of contemporary gender discourse and elaborates them beyond binary categorizations of identity such as man / woman, hetero / homo. From 2005 to 2007, along with K8 Hardy, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Emily Roysdon, Müller co-edited the journal LTTR – a gender queer collaborative artists cooperative that strove to continue and update the feminism of the 1970s in a wide range of genres and forms of expression. The historical period was thus saved from becoming a mere icon, a cult image without significance for the present, and became instead an momentous and moving point of reference. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Müller (born in Vorarlberg, Austria, living in New York) took part in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2003) and the PS1 Studio Program (2004) and has since taught at various universities in the USA. Last year she represented Austria at the Cairo Biennale with a new series of enamel works.” – Eva Birkenstock, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2012