NADA Miami: Booth 5.09

5 - 8 December 2019

Ice Palace Studios

1400 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
United States

The booth presents a dialog between Philip Mueller’s (b. 1988) paintings and Monika Grabuschnigg’s (b. 1987) sculptures.

Engaging in epistemology theories, in particular Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the Simulation Hypothesis, the works extend Grabuschnigg’s investigations into how we understand – or attempt to understand – human existence in our accelerated and increasingly hyperreal environment. 

Grabuschnigg’s series Crash (Simulation), 2019, ceramic adaptation/translations of wheel hubs, will occupy the floor of the booth. The extreme-heat-deformed ceramic hub caps are related to the cars we know but act more as symbols, references to a hyper-optimised society, where human interaction grows increasingly attached and abstracted. 

The works circles the questions of how we can navigate through our ever-more complex environments, in which boundaries between the real and virtual are fluid, aflame and melting. 

The booth walls will be covered with a landscape of Mueller’s ongoing fictional Beach Resort Tiberio being the backdrop for its sub-series Autodromo di Castel Doro (Castel Doro’s circuit). One of the most important enclaves of Beach Resort Tiberio is Santo Stefano; a prison island in the Gulf of Gaeta in the Mediterranean Sea. Fictional characters  of Mueller’s works, drive iconic late 70’s and 80’s cars throughout the island, in the same hedonistic way; with pleasure, opulence, nonchalance and panache beyond any laws imposed by our contemporary societies.

Unlike the avant-garde on the turn of the 20th century, where the automobile represent dynamism, violence and striving for a great moving attitude to life; the representation of Mueller’s car paintings is rough, decadent and doesn’t follow any technical logic except the aura of the chosen cars. Driving the smallest circles around an anti-beach resort, on an island, over and over again, creating a new meta-fetishism based on history.