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1964, born in glarus, switzerland
university of art and design zurich. training as a professional sculptor in zurich
hungarian university of art and design in budapest
university of the arts in berlin until 1990
1986 emmerich baumann, zurich
1990/94/98/2001 monumental lissabon
1999 serge ziegler zurich
2003 galeria monumental lisboa
2003 ausstellungsraum 25 zurich (kenworty - ball) zürich
2006 ausstellungsraum 25 zurich (kenworty - ball) zürich
2006 galeria monumental lisboa
1993 museum helmhaus zürich
1994 museum helmhaus zürich
1995/96/98/99/00/01/03 arco madrid / monumental
1998 s. ziegler zurich
1999 s. ziegler zurich
2005 museum helmhaus zürich
2010 museum helmhaus zürich
1995/96/98/99/00/01/03 ARCO madrid with galerie monumental
1999 Art cologne köln with galerie serge.ziegler
2004 liste basel with ausstellungsraum 25 zurich
2005 preview berlin / art rotterdamm with ausstellungsraum 25 (kenworty - ball) zürich
awards and prizes
1989/93/98/2003 steo foundation zurich
1993 atelier city zurich genova
1994 anniversary foundation ubs
1993/96 foundation georges and jenny bloch
1997/99 canton of zurich grant
2003 kantonales stipendium glarus & schindlerstiftung
2005 cassinelli vogel foundation
2006 dr. adolf streuli-foundation
2007 schindler-foundation glarus / foundation erna und curt burgauer
2010 hans und wilma stutz-stiftung herisau
forces in wood
about the work of severin muller
<it's an amphora, obviously, the man is in some kind of trouble>. indeed, he is lying on his back, holding the amphora over him, balancing it, bouncing it, heaving it up. this could be wine or oil he is pouring over his head, not disliking it, yet fighting it, not quitting altogether though. play and fight are both chips off the old block. there we are, it's playing and fighting, man and thing. and often woman and man. the sculptures are powerful enough to lift each other up, swing each other on their hips, and hammer each other into the ground, <unsharpened> as the Swiss say. and like that they remain, <eternally>, wedged into one another. still they would, if one lifted one arm or the other, fall to the ground. forever, in silence, within each other, next to each other.
what's the world like upside down? can you caress a face with a foot? is this the way things are when one awakes from dream nights, not daring to move, paralysed, these moments after orgasm? every move is too much, for this is when time should stand still: is it the <little death>?
<accidents> basically, encompassing <any entity or event contingent upon the existence of something else> (webster's dictionary). <the existence of something else> means <life>, and the <entity or event> is the dream, the orgasm. severin muller's sculptures are their fall completely. they <have> their accidents, their dreams, their orgasms, long after they have happened. angels fallen from heaven emerge, angels <who are through with being angels> (muller). they tear off their wings, fold them together, and are still angels because they remember. they <carry> their past within and grow out of it only slowly, year ring after year ring.
some of muller's latest work originates in photographs. a drawing to prepare what is about to enter the third dimension; <sculptural> renderings of photographs. here too, accidents take centre stage: motorbike racing, cycling and car races. the protagonists' world is upside down, all over, warped is their sense of orientation, and their sense of time. past becomes future and the present is a dream. last rites?
all this is cut into wood, sawed, carved. the new monument is an accident in racing. muller is neither sentimental nor cynical; even if it's all there. no, something new is born, in a dazzling mixture, more like a reportage of life, not without its absurdities: a motorbike accident carved in wood... leg stretched out as if it was a dancer by degas, then the breaking of bones the present is happening fast. we find ourselves in the safety fence before even knowing why; we check if we're still in one piece and live on from there, as people, as angels or as angels who are through with being angels.