Matt Mullican was born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California and studied at California Institute for the Arts in the early 1950s. His work, discussed widely internationally, refuses general art categorizations and classifications. Since the end of the 1970s, he has been concerned intensely with performances under hypnosis. In the state of trance, Mullican has since then represented the other person about whom he is thinking in his work, and tries to trace out the relationship between artistic work and processes of projection. In so doing, at issue is not a subjective psychoanalytic process, but a typical situation in which action takes place within a context of significant symbols. In the 1980s the development of a complex sign system stood at the center of Mullican’s interest, which claimed to be an comprehensive cosmology. In engaging with the signs, pictograms, and images that surround us in everyday life, pictograms, and images expanded through products of fantasy, Mullican generates by way of repetition, contextualization, and mutual references a highly complex personal language system, with which he tries to grasp his cosmology in models. Encyclopedic, utopian, universal, cosmological are only some of the terms that obtrude in this context. Since the late 1980s, he has also used newer technologies to develop and represent this cosmology, like the computer and the Internet. In the virtual media space, in so doing city-like ordering systems emerge as models of cognitive perception, or as models of changing perspectives on various layers of perception that the artist symbolizes using color.

Matt Mullican. Courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca
Matt Mullican
Santa Monica, 1951

Past Exhibitions

Matt Mullican: The Feeling of Things

Pirelli HangarBicocca
12/04/2018 — 16/09/2018

Matt Mullican: The Sequence of Things

Camden Arts Centre
30/09/2016 — 08/01/2017

Matt Mullican: Nothing should exist

Kunstmuseum Winterthur 12/06/2016 — 16/10/2016

Solo Shows

NOTHING SHOULD EXIST, Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn The Sequence of Things, Camden Arts Centre, London
Nothing Should Exist, Kunstmuseum Winterthur Between, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin
Rosenwald-Wolff Gallery, Philadelphia

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

Books Representing Books, Kunsthalle Mainz Gasträume 2014, Paradeplatz Zürich

5 Worlds 12 Benches, KÖR, Kunstplatz Graben, Vienna

Two Into One Becomes Three, Klosterfelde, Berlin
Who Fells The Most Pain In The Five Worlds, Mai 36 GALERIE, Zurich
Recent Works, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerpen Klosterfelde, Berlin

Group Shows

La Promenade, une balade dans le dépôt long du Cnap, Musée Régional D’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
Ich Ist Eine Ego-Maschine, ERES Stiftung, Munich ExtraNatural, Voyage initiatique dans la collection des Beaux-Arts de Paris, In Situ, Paris

Drawing / The Bottom Line, SMAK, Gent

Texte in der Kunst, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

Holes in the Walls, Early Works 1948-2013, Fri Art, Kunsthalle Freiburg
Visions. An atmosphere of change, MARTA Herford, Herford

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Santa Monica Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1951