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Coffee 1

Coffee 1, 2009 - Matt Mullican

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about this work

Since 1978 Matt Mullican has been occupied with the subject of ‘hypnosis’, performing in a hypnotic trance - either in front of an audience or in the seclusion of his studio. In doing so, he has sought to abandon the rational principle as much as possible and to relinquish leadership to the subconscious in the process of artistic creation. In addition, Mullican seeks to encounter parts of his personality that are hidden in the subconscious, the person that exists in all of us, i.e. ‘that other person’ or ‘Matt B’ as he calls it himself. Matt A makes painstaking note in his work of that which appears to constitute Matt B. Even the smallest personal indication is recorded and leads to an increasingly exact picture of a condition that lies beyond reason.

Coffee 1-7 (2009) consists of seven unique ink drawings, which were created under hypnosis and deal with Matt B’s apparent predilection for coffee. The flanking numbers 1-4 recall the procedure of counting, with which one is placed in a hypnotic trance or once again brought back to consciousness. Coffee 1-7 was created on the occasion of the solo exhibition City as a map (of ideas) by Matt Mullican at GAK – Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen in 2009.

about Matt Mullican

American artist Matt Mullican is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of his generation. His oeuvre explores one of humanity’s most fundamental needs: our desire to grasp the meaning of human existence and understand the world we inhabit. His conceptual works are grounded in the symbolic meaning of their individual elements. Created in a range of mediums and styles since the 1970s, each of his works contains the seeds of something more universal.

Matt Mullican has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at MoMA, New York; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas.
He has also shown works at the most various international art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; ICA, London; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. His work was also included in several Documentas (1982, 1992, and 1997) and he participated at the Venice Biennale in 2013; The Whitney Biennial in 2008; and the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2008.

Matt Mullican is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels


Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon

Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich

Peter Freeman, Inc., New York / Paris

Georg Kargl, Vienna

Massimo De Carlo, Milano / London


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