Making Art for Everyone
Not everyone thinks art shows are for them. Artist David Mueller might just change their minds.
Artist David Mueller wants to prove that art shows can be accessible, noting that many people just aren't comfortable in a gallery atmosphere, imagining art aficionados and influencers sipping wine as they saunter through stark-white, open-concept galleries. Mueller is here to show that art can be approachable, and conversational, and (most importantly) non-judgmental. Better yet if the show is paired with a well-balanced stout.
"I never do wine and cheese opening." Mueller laughs. "I do beer and pretzel openings."
"Going to the gallery at night isn't a thing people do," Mueller says, "But this work is meant to be for your everyday working-class person. You can just go and hang out, look at art, have some drinks, and be social with it."
Not to mention, seeing art in real life is an objectively better way to consume it, even if you're mostly there for the drinks. You might even get the chance to talk to the artist and find some clarity on what exactly you're looking at.
Mueller explained the narrative behind one of his pieces, called "Love and Language Barriers," and it definitely got to me.
Rooted in the difficulty of maintaining and seeking relationships, the octopus is down, and he sees a kite flying above on the surface. The waving of the kite's tail familiarizes him with his tentacles. He falls for the kite and starts chasing it underwater. BUT THEY'LL NEVER BE TOGETHER.
I'm not crying, you're crying.