Local Photographer’s Search for Enlightenment

Featured Member Exhibition: William Mueller

Williaml Mueller, "The Ascension"

William Mueller, “The Ascension”

October 18, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Opening Reception:Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 18th from 5 – 9pm

WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, William Mueller.  Mueller spent much of his younger years in search of answers. He turned to religion in hopes of finding the whys and wherefores of life and death. He was raised as a Methodist, practiced as a Catholic, and was a Jehovah Witness as well.  Mueller studied eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and dabbled in the Black Arts. What he found were holes in all of his religious endeavors.  Mueller feels that there is a misguided veneration to the church, being an institution with pomp and circumstance, and not enough emphasis on enlightenment.

In the end, he has come to the conclusion that spiritual thinking, at its core, should not be shackled by rules, regulations, the worship of religious iconography, or the fear that one is going to burn in hell.

Mueller’s goal in this series is to create a personal connection between the viewer and the work, and to leave the viewer questioning or unsettled.  The photography included in this exhibition is from an ongoing series titled, Inside My Room Inside My Head, which includes work that touches on Mueller’s interpretation of current and past religious dogma, and the church’s infamous bad behavior.

The objects depicted in these images are hand made or are found treasures that have been repaired, enhanced or modified.  Mueller typically takes around 6 – 12 months to complete a set that will later be photographed.  Once photographed, a set is rarely used again. He often spends long periods of time with a set only to realize they don’t correspond to his original photographic vision.  He often finds himself back at the drawing board, rifling through antique shops and hardware stores.

Mueller’s mysterious process, the gold inverse fusion process, is unique in that the application reacts differently every time. Every edition has multiple variations. The process was developed by Mueller and is a well-kept secret.

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