Matt Mullican : Representing That World



Mai 36 Galerie presents American artist Matt Mullican’s latest body of work until 23 December. His oeuvre continues to explore themes of cosmology, intuitive responses and this time sex.

A student of John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, Mullican’s work spans the full spectrum of media including painting, sculpture, photography and performing arts.

Concerned with hypnosis as a medium since the late 1970s, the artist has established correlations of meaning behind Cosmology and found interest in the interactions between reality and perception. Dissecting and documenting his process remains at the crux of his artistic practice and the new large-scale installation demonstrate this.

The title of the exhibition Representing That World is twofold: it firstly relates to the themes addressed in the new groups of works, such as the depiction of everyday life, violence, and food. On the other hand, it can also be read as an indication of the ways in which observing leads to emotions and its inherent intuitive responses.


Image: Matt Mullican follow, Untitled (Subjective), 2017, acrylic, oilstick on canvas, rubbing, 140 x 200 x 4.5 cm (55 1/8 x 78 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.), signed and dated verso © Matt Mullican. Courtesy Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich