From the start of his career, Matt Mullican (born 1951 in Santa Monica, US) has produced a focused body of work founded on an interest in notions of reality and perception. In a continuous effort to the understand and structure the world we inhabit, he has developed, over his 40-year career, a pioneering artistic approach and a complex lexicon. He has used hypnosis in his work since the early 1970s in order to blur the boundaries between… 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.