“Eric Mueller: Reset 2021” is now open until May 1, 2022 at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona. During closures, quarantines and isolation for the COVID-19 pandemic, Minneapolis-based artist Eric Mueller created one photograph a day to deal with the events of 2020 and 2021. “Reset 2021” looks back on the highs and the lows of a trying year as Mueller navigates the world around him.
Eric Mueller is a photographer, filmmaker and teacher known for his graphic style and strength of composition. His photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group exhibitions, including the Plains Art Museum, Devos Art Museum, Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, Southeast Center for Photography, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Much of the exhibit focuses on the cityscape, particularly the lakes and parks of the Twin Cities, as Mueller navigates the life of a pandemic. Fifty-two images were selected for the exhibition, out of the 365 taken to fill the year, and reflect the changing seasons in Minnesota. From freezing days in January to ice skating on Island Lake, kayaking on Lake Harriet in June and the splendor of the State Fair in September (through the lens of a mini donut), “Reset 2021 ”offers you a powerful and often humorous experience, a glimpse of the past year.
“I hardly took any pictures in 2020; my art practice seemed irrelevant to me compared to everything that was going on, ”says Mueller. “Forcing myself to create an image every day has helped me regain my balance. It showed me that while I can’t control the world, I can take over a small part of it, one photo at a time.
Visitors to MMAM have the chance to be part of the exhibit. A prompt in the gallery asks visitors to share photos that show how long it takes to reset, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. The submitted photos will be included in a slideshow in the exhibition. You can find more information at www.mmam.org/eric-mueller.