Matt Mullican : That Person's Workbook
  • artists' book
  • cloth boards issued without dust jacket
  • offset-printed
  • sewn bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 34.5 x 22 cm.
  • 743 pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered
  • ISBN 9781905464067

Matt Mullican : That Person's Workbook

Matt Mullican, Ulrich Wilmes, Vincente L. de Moura

Matt Mullican : That Person's Workbook

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Large-scale artist's book reproducing drawings, texts and photographs from Matt Mullican's notebooks. Text by Ulrich Wilmes and interview between Matt Mullican and a practitioner of hypnosis, Vicente de Moura. "New York-based artist Matt Mullican has long been fascinated with signs and symbols, especially the intersection of public sign systems with personal semiotics. As early as the 1970s, he began producing a series of charts with pictographic symbols that seemed to denote physical, biological and epistemological systems, which presented the viewer with an idiosyncratic universe distinctly the artist’s own. This handsome, oversized volume – called That Person’s Journal – is the result of Mullican’s explorations under hypnosis, a state that he has pursued for more three decades. Under hypnosis, the artist merges with an ageless, genderless figure he calls 'that person.' 'That person' busies himself with everyday routines but has his eye on the big issues; a statement in one drawing reads, “I love to work for Truth and Beauty.” This book brings together more than 700 drawings, collages, photos, recipes and clippings by 'that person.' They were exhibited at the Museum Ludwig in 2005, assembled into a maze, divided into six rooms and a connecting corridor. Installations of Mullican’s work often feature grids of his drawings hung side by side on makeshift walls in tightly packed rooms or corridors. These are spaces in which it seems possible to lose oneself, which, in a sense, is what the artist has done to create them. Mullican’s work stands as an extended, and often profound, meditation on the notion of artistic subjectivity, and on the limits – and unexpected benefits – of distancing the ego from the creative self. This book, like a rediscovered love letter or a document from a time capsule, lets the viewer ponder interesting questions about who creates art." -- publisher's statement.

Gent / London, Belgium / United Kingdom: MER. Paper Kunsthalle / Ridinghouse,
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