Los Angeles

Dave Muller

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

Dave Muller’s sixth solo outing at Blum & Poe was the latest chapter of the artist’s ongoing project of chronicling the contents of his bookshelves and record collection. Winding its way free-associatively through Muller’s youth and early fascination with music, the show was, perhaps aptly, titled “iamthewalrus,” unabashedly echoing the 1967 Beatles song written by a purportedly acid-tripping John Lennon and released on the group’s Magical Mystery Tour film sound track when Muller was a mere tot.

Some of the several works on paper in the exhibition fall well short of the surprise that Lennon’s lyrics once delivered, and of what Muller is surely capable of. Dead-on renderings of album sleeves in Muller’s now fully signature style of shaky-line fidelity to the original—subjects range from his first record purchase (Snoopy and His Friends by the Royal Guardsmen) to more recent and esoteric

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