Boulevard de Waterloo 9
Arnd Christian Muller’s work is all about minimalism and the awareness of subtle beauty in rearrangements of everyday objects. He transfers simple, familiar items into new surroundings or contexts and our perception of them transcends their original meaning. Typically, when an object catches Arnd’s fascination, he gives it a new life as an element of a more important collective whole. In choosing familiar items and simple techniques, he creates a manifest stress between the known and the un-known, between simplicity and complexity. The observer easily connects with the mostly well-known objects. The new interpretation however is often surprising and invites him to experience the tension between an old and a newer awareness.
The Brussels Limited Edition – 2018
Goldfield Installation: About 49 “Malleus Hammers”, all coated with a chrome gold finish gather to create the unique “Gold Field”. This is a limited edition for the participation at the “Brussels Uptown Design 2018”. Hammers are mass-produced items. They come in different standardized forms, shapes and materials, proper to their designated use. They are meant to be operated by skilled and unskilled users alike. Arnd’s hammers are different. They are one-of-a-kind, unique tools, created on the spot by Chinese workers, as need arose. Some consist of disposed hammerheads with new handles welded onto them. Others have been assembled of surplus components. They were custom-made in size and weight, with their particular purpose in mind. Some may appear more ergonomic than others but they basically share two common principles: they are hammers and they have been used to perform rough work. The hammers are suspended from the ceiling by fragile, dainty strings. They seem to be floating in space as if dematerialized.