Dave Muller, WWSRD (Large & Sticky, w/Stars), 2013. Favorite
Dave Muller was born in 1964 in San Francisco and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Muller created this limited edition print exclusively for East of Borneo. Referencing the evangelical prompt "WWJD?", it depicts Sun Ra, the prolific jazz composer and father of Afrofuturism, floating among blue stars with an emanating sun in the place of his heart. Produced as an oversized vinyl sticker, it follows Muller’s technique of enlarging small elements of music paraphernalia to magnify their cultural importance.
East of Borneo is an online magazine of contemporary art, and its history, as considered from Los Angeles. They publish original essays, artist profiles and interviews alongside a growing "collaborative archive" of videos, images and historical texts added by their editors and readers, highlighting unexpected connections and encouraging new lines of thought. This Dave Muller edition kick started the launch of EoB Editions.
About Sun Ra:
"Of all the jazz musicians, Sun Ra was probably the most controversial," critic Scott Yanow said, because of Sun Ra's eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle. Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout his career, including Le Sonra and Sonny Lee. Sun Ra denied any connection with his birth name, saying "That's an imaginary person, never existed … Any name that I use other than Ra is a pseudonym."Source: wikipedia
Medium: Adhesive ink-jet print on vinyl sticker
Size: 22.5 x 72 in.
Edition of 50 + 4 APs
Each numbered print includes a COA signed by the artist.
Price: $ 1,000
This limited edition Dave Muller print is available at East of Borneo here