“Girls” is a contemporary series of female bronze figure sculptures that explores sexuality, ethnicity, identity, male gaze, and voyeurism. One of a series of six exquisitely rendered, nearly-life sized figures is so unapologetically brashly charged with provocative possibilities, that their presence becomes an unavoidable confrontation with multiple disquieting readings, and ultimately with ourselves.
During 2004-07 the Artist studied at the professional school, “Johannes Steinhäuser” which resides in Lasa, South Tirol in Italy. He gained degrees for both Stonemason and Stonecarver for his practice in the well-respected material, lasa-marble. In 2009 Mühlhäußer received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He earned significant awards and graduated with the honor of Cum Laude. The awards included the 2009/10 Fellowship Award at the New York Academy of Art.
The figurative sculptures of Mühlhäußer tell stories. He works in a series of sculptures where the individual series has a theme. Some early series, for example, looked at the pressures on young people and the difficulties some of them face in the modern world. Another series took a more light-hearted look at figures in poses inspired by animals. His most recent series focuses on the aesthetic harmony of organic and non-organic shapes.
Mühlhäußer’s sculptures are his desire to experiment with materials and his dedication to rendering the human form. He has created sculptures in materials such as bronze and aluminium but has also in resin, synthetic foam and quartzite crystal sand. He chooses a material to complement the composition of the sculpture or the theme being portrayed. In all of the series, however, he sculpts the details of each figure and allows the material to enhance his work.
Mühlhäußer has been exhibiting internationally and has work in numerous collections worldwide. In 2013 he was part of the show, “Personal Structures” at Palazzo Bembo as an official part of the 55th Biennale di Venezia 2013.