new-york

Claudia and Julia Müller

Maccarone | 630 Greenwich Street

In their first New York show, Swiss sisters Claudia and Julia Müller presented three series of ink drawings, an animated video, and two unassuming sculptures (all works 2002) that focus on the complex negotiation of the individual with the constructs that simultaneously facilitate and inhibit self-realization: culture and, more intimately, family. To make the drawings, the Müllers projected images clipped from magazines and newspapers onto paper and traced them in a faux-naive style, isolating the figures in their camera-induced attitudes: shyness, bravado, calculated modesty. Two series here show adults wearing masks and children dressed in costumes that include the readily identifiable trappings of Native Americans and Hasidim. The cultural categories that the Müllers invoke are emptied of significance, as the authentic individuals that would animate them and give them meaning have

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