Kurt Mueller’s artistic practice is research-driven, his ideas emerging from explorations of various social and political themes. Often interactive, his installations engage the audience through allusions to popular culture, ultimately provoking consideration of historical actions, figures, narratives, and texts. Mueller strives toward art that is critically responsive to the social and political conditions of its time. Inspired by the traditional purpose of monuments, he is interested in the potential of harnessing material to ritualize memory, produce identity, and incite action.
Mueller is a critic, curator, and artist. He earned an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2008. From 2008-2010, he was a critical studies resident at The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. He is the Art Editor of Gulf Coast and the former Interim Editor of Art Lies. He has written extensively about contemporary art throughout the state of Texas and beyond, authoring criticism forArtAsiaPacific, Art Papers, Flash Art, Frieze, and artforum.com. Mueller has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Inman Gallery, Houston; and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. He has exhibited artwork at the Austin Museum of Art (2010); Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston (2009); and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin (2008).