My multi-disciplinary installations are experiments in faux-functionality and imperfect design. Utilizing the material language of our everyday, I engage with issues of hand(craft), labor, sustainability, and commodity. My research is often founded in a theoretical and practical investigation of order and chaos filtered through my own desire and drive for order. I locate my work in the context of humanity’s drive for ideals, and by extension, a cultural fascination with Utopia in all its forms.
My work begins and ends with a sincere desire to reach perfection; but often involves being both critical and skeptical of this impulse. To realize this research in a physical form, I explore the communal structure of workshops to build structures and objects of attempted-perfection, typically utilizing paper as a primary material. In my practice the use of the proxy has become the perfect vehicle for idealist thinking, for it is largely dependent on imagination and optimism, and so might be the form that embodies perfection most completely.
Artist Bio / CV
Leslie Mutchler earned a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Currently, Mutchler is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mutchler’s installations and collages have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include TrendFACTORY, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (2012), TumblrEAL, Gensler Global Architecture, Austin, TX (2012), ASTRAL pop-up, VA Gallery, University of Wyoming, WY (2012), Geometry of Labor, Poliglota Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), and (F)utility Kitchen, Snowflake, St. Louis, MO (2011).