Our final issue is a pair of cement bookends by LA-based artist Dave Muller. Dave has contributed to several projects with THE THING, including our very first advertisement in 2010. For his issue, he used THE THING’s go-to font, Helvetica, on a bookend design that incorporates books (specifically ONE LAST THING, a catalogue of every issue produced in this quarterly, and included with this issue) as the letter ‘I’. We worked with ceramic studio Atelier Dion to produce these across the bay in Oakland, CA.
- DAVE MULLER
Dave Muller was born in 1964 in San Francisco, California. He received a BAS in chemistry and art from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and briefly studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1990 to 1991 before earning an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 1993. In 1994 Muller became known for nomadic social art events, known as Three Day Weekends. During that time, he also made watercolor announcements for exhibitions of his contemporaries as well as artists of earlier generations such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. As DJ, curator, and artist, Muller examines with wit and irony the formation of an individual's identity through the amassing of cultural references. For his series Top Tens (2004), Muller created symbolic portraits in the form of delicately rendered acrylic paintings of album sleeve spines; the artist has since extended this practice to include books, cassettes, and CDs. Since 2004 Muller has also poked fun at identity-definition and categorization in his acrylic star paintings of genre headings as they appear in magazines like The New Yorker, Time Out, and New York Times. Muller has also created several versions of auditory self-portraits in the form of extensive playlists broadcasted into the gallery. In 2008 Muller installed a mural of a massive timeline chronicling the evolution of rock n' roll since 1955 entitled As Below, So Above in the lobby of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the mural is one of several works Muller has created since 2003 based on this timeline. Parallel to his works directly related to music, since 1999 Muller has engaged with pictorial renderings of landscapes (both urban and natural) and the sky (both day and night).