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Matt Mullican 

Working in the fields of performance, installation, digital technology and sculpture, Matt Mullican is seeking to develop a cosmological model based on a personal vocabulary combining the formal and the symbolic. Hypnosis and cartography are his principal modes of operation. He explores functional sign systems of his own devising through actions undertaken under hypnosis, in a permanent back and forth movement between the real and its schematization, and between fiction and its physical reality.
His overall world system comprises five separate parts and their respectively colored referents: green corresponds to the elements and nature, but also to death and hell ; blue (“the world unframed”—by consciousness, that is) to the city and events that go unperceived; yellow (“the world framed”) to the world marked out by consciousness and art; black to language and signs; and red to absolute subjectivity and ideas—but also to paradise. Whether the system is used in terms of its separate elements or as a whole, its compartmentalization represents a vertiginous attempt to contain the totality of both the world and its representation.

Online from 27 November until 17 December 2021





Untitled (Square colored chart 2), 2011
acrylic, oilstick on canvas
121.9 x 121.9 cm

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Untitled (Cosmology; Chapter from Notating the Cosmology), 2012
rubbing oilstick, gouache on canvas, 
120 x 200 cm

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Untitled (City and Light Patterns), 2014
oilstick, gouache on canvas, rubbing
200 x 400 x 4 cm

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Untitled (Frame/Subject Kitchen), 2016
rubbing oilstick, acrylic on canvas
75 x 150 cm

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Untitled (Moon), 2016
rubbing oilstick, acrylic on canvas,  
100 x 200 x 4.5 cm

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Exhibition view :
Matt Mullican, 12 by 2, 4 juin – 29 août 2010, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
© Blaise Adilon

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