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117 illustrations in colour, cloth binding with dust jacket

Publisher Note

With “Nutzen und Nachteil” (Benefits and Disadvantages) the Basel artist Markus Müller presents his first major monograph. This exclusive publication provides a comprehensive insight into Müller’s work with numerous illustrations. Two texts and a detailed conversation between Nadia Schneider and the artist about his working methods and themes round off the volume.
Markus Müller creates large sculptures from simple materials such as chipboard, plywood and roof battens, which he then paints. With quick brushstrokes he applies colour structures that imitate the surfaces of wood or stone. He reproduces elements from nature, such as branches, stones or bones, usually in slightly oversized form, constructs bodies that show a certain affinity to furniture or architectural fragments, or allows hybrid objects to emerge from the combination of nature and culture.
In a playful way, Markus Müller uses artistic design principles that refer to art historical styles and epochs, allowing his works to embody ideas that arise from his preoccupation with sculpture. Just as playfully, the carefully designed volume “Nutzen und Nachteil” finally makes Müller's work accessible to a wider audience.

Release Place Zurich, Switzerland
Release Date 2006
Artist: Markus Müller
Printrun 800
ISBN-13: 978-3-906086-94-1
Dimensions 25.0 × 33.0 cm
Pages 88
Technique Offset Printing