Jonas Mueller-Ahlheim
“local painting”
2023, house paint, monochrome painting in drawer, approximately 8.5x5 inches

Artwork Description

My work local painting is a performative ever changing work that ties the mobile exhibition space to its current location. With every relocation of the mobile exhibition structure a new Layer of paint is poured into the drawer that overflows and drips onto the space underneath it. Each new layer of paint is going to be poured by a different person that happens to be involved with the exhibition and is going to be added as a co-author to the piece.


Jonas Müller-Ahlheim is a German painter who currently lives and works in Chicago. His work is in a constant state of flux, which disseminates from his painting practice into the field of relational aesthetics. Using simple materials and gestures, his practice reflects the transience of culture and embraces adaptability, exploring the interplay between ephemerality, site-responsiveness, and performativity. The collaborative approach plays with the narrative of western painting tradition and blurs the imprint of an individual authorial status. Having studied painting with Leni Hoffmann at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe in Germany, and media art with Angela Melitopoulos and Ed Atkins at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Jonas Müller-Ahlheim is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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