Back in his grad student days at Cal Arts, L.A.-based artist Dave Muller began throwing together one-day shows in his studio. He would put up his drawings, buy some beer from Costco, spin some records, invite a bunch of friends over.
At these party/exhibit hybrids everybody checked out the art and had a good time. "It felt like the workers got the keys to the factory and could make whatever they wanted. Kinda like punk rock or something," Muller says.
The innocence of that approach remains intact to this day, 8 1/2 years later, even though Muller's bashes, dubbed Three Day Weekends, have since evolved into full-fledged social events on the arts scene -- movable feasts of art, music and all-around good vibes that have traveled from various So Cal locales to places including Malmo, Sweden; Tokyo; New York; and the belly of a freight elevator in Frankfurt, Germany.
In one memorable instance, Muller's friends staged a Dave-Muller-in-Absentia Weekend, opening his downtown L.A. loft while he was away and inviting people to come in and turn his possessions into objets d'art: "They did drawings of my bed, my record collection, my clothes, even my underwear," Muller recalls.