From the start of his career, Matt Mullican (born 1951 in Santa Monica, US) has produced a focused but multifaceted body of work founded on an interest in notions of reality and perception. A New York-based conceptual artist, over the last 25 years Mullican has developed a lexicon of stylized signs and images, a rich vocabulary that is simultaneously personal and generic. He has devised a variety of structures for these signs in order to… Read more
About the artwork
"I love to work for Truth and Beauty", the mantra which seems to build in intensity as the sequence of etchings progresses, perfectly encapsulates Mullican's persistent attempts to distance the ego from the creative self. An exploration of the mundane and the sublime, the self and the other, the "I" in the repeated sentence refers to "that person", a semi fictitious alter ego the artist created in the 70s when he started using hypnosis as part of his practice. In equal measure incomprehensible yet ordered, Mullican's diagrams are uniquely his own, and when hung tightly together, it is possible to feel the idiosyncratic meanderings of this great artist.