Agrarian Thinking Space

Greg Mueller - St. Peter, MN
2011

Artist's Statement
A farmer in Southern Minnesota once told me “working the fields wasn’t boring; it was good thinking time”. Agrarian Thinking Space is a tangible reverence to the Corn Belt work ethic. The monastics refer to this synthesis of reflection and labor as ora et labora; pray and work.

My vision is to invent alternative people places that convey a subtle sense of wonder and surprise. Rescuing agricultural salvage is an intuitive attempt to breathe new life into the reclaim and harmonize the spirit of the material into a potential introspective experience. Disparate influences of sacred architecture and a small dose of agrarian steam punk are the springboards for my architectonic compositions. The viewer completes the composition by activating the space, inventing a function that follows form.
 
Artist's Bio
Greg Mueller received his BS in Studio Art from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Mueller also worked 5 years as a foundry apprentice to Sculptor-in-Residence, Paul Granlund at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.
Agrarian Thinking Space
In 2011, Greg Mueller received his MFA in Sculpture from the Montana State University School of Art in Bozeman and taught sculpture for 8 years at the Bowling Green State University School of Art in Ohio and the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, Gustavus invited Greg back to the Granlund Studio to serve as the Sesquicentinnial Sculptor-in-Residence. He will be working on master plan sculpture initiatives in celebration of the College’s 150th Year.

Greg and his Public Art Team, GMW, recently won a sculpture commission for the new Huntington Center Arena in Toledo, Ohio and his work has been juried into several public sculpture exhibitions including, Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

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Sales Information
This piece is for sale and will be on display until June 2013.
Sales price - $7,500
Reclaimed materials, new steel 
5’ x 12’ x 5’
280 lbs. 

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