The Inaugural showing of The Dave Muller Musical Library will open at the Armory Center for the Arts in the Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery on Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be on view September 21 through November 16, 2008. Onsite Librarian and exhibition curator Andrew Berardini will be overseeing the library, which will be open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The Dave Muller Library Dance Party will take place at the Armory during the final week of the exhibition (announcement to follow).
Inspired by the Martha Rosler Library initiated by e-flux and recently traveling around the country, the Armory invited artist Dave Muller to display the muse of his distinctly musical aesthetic practice. So much of Muller's art is enmeshed, embedded, and in celebration of music, its artifacts, and its communities, from his Three Day Weekends to his giant paintings of the spines of album covers to his radio projects. This obsession transfers itself directly to his library, where thousands upon thousands of records, instruments, mp3s, cds, tapes, and anything else musical have found a home. Records mediate relationships, and though Muller is hardly gun shy of digital culture, he lovingly describes in his paintings the marks of age found on his very physical vinyl LPs. Muller's library isn't the mint, unwrapped A++ records of the fanatical collector, but a library where the age, wears and tears of these objects become almost as important to understanding them as the music on the records themselves. Exhibition curator Andrew Berardini will become a living part of the exhibition as the temporary onsite librarian, on hand to assist in the aural enjoyment of the collection.
Dave Muller was born in San Francisco and received his MFA in 1993 at the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited at such institutions as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. Dave Muller is represented by Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York; The Approach, London; and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Armory, Andrew Berardini is a writer from Los Angeles. He is the art critic for LA Citybeat, and has recently published with Artforum, Paper Monument, Art Review, and Mousse. He's always secretly dreamed of being a librarian.
This exhibition will be on view in the Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery at the Armory at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Admission is free. The Library will be open on Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment for the duration of the show. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org .