Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited with text by Dieter Schwarz.
Deploying a unique form of “frottage” technique, Matt Mullican’s (born 1951) Rubbings have served to record the abiding motifs and themes of his art since the early 1980s. From the beginning of his career, Mullican tried to create pictures that would not be paintings, producing banners, posters and, in 1984, his first Rubbing. The technique works thus: the canvas is placed on a cardboard plate, which is rubbed with an oil stick to transfer the image. The cardboard plate can be reused for other works, and so the imagery may reappear in different configurations. Each Rubbing is therefore at once a single work and a reproduction. Comprising around 500 works, documented by images and catalogue entries, this volume documents all of Mullican’s Rubbings on canvas from 1984 to 2016.
Published by DuMont Buchverlag. Edited by Ulrich Wilmes. Conversations with Koen Brams, Dirk Pültau.
A bricoleur of cosmologies, cities and signs, a hypnosis subject, a collaborator and a collector of art and ethnographic objects, Matt Mullican has embodied and redefined the wilder horizons of conceptual art over the course of his 40-year career. From the start, Mullican has tackled only the big themes: the self, which with some courage he has dismantled under hypnosis, performing and making art as another Matt Mullican named “That Person”; and the universe, which he has imagined as a proliferating cosmology of signs, taking form under his “Five Worlds” concept or as a city. In this bilingual volume of conversations with Koen Brams and Dirk Pültau, Mullican also proves himself an articulate, generous talker. The conversations are themed in five chapters: “Collaboration,” “Cosmologies,” “Hypnosis,” “City” and “Collections.” Across these seemingly diverse topics, what emerges as the unifying principle throughout Mullican’s activities is his exemplariness as a true “cosmonaut of inner space.”
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Edited by Stella Rollig. Essay by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. Conversation with Allan McCollum.
Matt Mullican is a multimedia artist in the broadest sense, ranging from these fragile models to bulky sculptures, from reliefs to drawings, collages, light boxes, computer animations, glass works, video and performances. The system of pictograms for which he first gained renown has served him well in addressing systematization and subjectivity, and in laying out the cosmology that preoccupies him most. His models, miniature houses, amphitheaters and abstracted structures in paper, glass, textiles, ceramics, wood and video help to place him and the idea of home in that same cosmology. They aren't plans for any larger realization; they are just ideas of spaces and environments, conveying relationships between concepts. Model Architecture offers an overview of their diverse forms and formats, and, in an interview between Allan McCollum and the artist, a sense of their crucial place in Mullican's oeuvre.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Ulrich Wilmes. Foreword by Kasper Kànig.
Matt Mullican has been performing and creating under hypnosis since the 1970s, accessing his titular alter-ego, "that person," in a trance state and collaborating with him in work that has been called "controlled schizophrenia." Ergo, the 80 bed-sheet panels documented here are credited to "that person," an interesting artist in his own right.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9 x 12 in. / 32 pgs / 16 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 1/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2006 p. 147
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883759470TRADE List Price: $22.00 CDN $25.00
Published by Hopefulmonster. Essays by Allan McCollum, Kathy O'Dell, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Daniel Sherer, Michael Tarantino.
Throughout his three-decade career, artist Matt Mullican has always been more concerned with what we think we see than with what we see, taking as a foundational truth the notion that we understand the world primarily through our imagination. Working in various media, Mullican's unique artistic vision concerns itself with a universe of simple yet mysteriously resonant graphic symbols. Drawing on the language of warning labels and highway signs, Mullican has created an unorthodox body of work that occupies a unique place in the world of contemporary art--his piece Five Into One (1991) was one of the earliest artistic forays into the medium of virtual reality. Details From an Imaginary Universe collects Mullican's videos, installations, and drawings from 1972 up to the present day, providing a comprehensive overview of this artist who has tapped and explored our collective visions of a world that in its very familiarity is utterly alien to us.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.25 x 11 in. / 292 pgs / 380 color / 704 bw
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/2/2001 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2001
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788877571175TRADE List Price: $43.00 CDN $50.00