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Matt Mullican, b.1951

Untitled1989

Matt Mullican is a conceptual artist who works with the idea of the city and its impact on our lives. His work addresses the issue of communication through a common pictorial language – the international signs of urban cultures. An accompanying consideration in his work is an exploration of the potential for visual signifiers to surpass the verbal. His practice has encompassed an extraordinary range of media, including bulletin boards, banners, tapestry and above all, the invisible world of the computer data bank. ‘Untitled’, 1989 is a series of twelve computer generated images of an imaginary walled city. It is not peopled; as the artist states: “it’s more like a world fair, an exhibition ground […] The entire environment was conceived of and developed as a sign”*. Mullican’s use of technology and media such as the bulletin board consciously blurs the distinction between fine art and commercial art, between the designer and the artist.

*Matt Mullican in an interview with Joshua Decter, ‘Flash Art’, May/June 1991, p104

MediumLightboxes and transparencies
Dimensions91.5 x 122 x 16.5 cm (each)
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.19
Not on view
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Matt Mullican, Untitled, 1989, Lightboxes and transparencies, 91.5 x 122 x 16.5 cm (each), Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1991

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About the Artist

Matt Mullican b.1951

American conceptual artist Matt Mullican (born 1951) graduated from Cal Arts in 1974 and gained recognition as a member of the ‘Pictures Generation’. Within his art practice Mullican considers ideas of communication through a common pictorial language and the potential for visual signifiers to surpass the verbal. Working with a range of media, including bulletin boards, banners, tapestry and computer generated images, Mullican blurs the distinction between fine art and commercial design. Mullican has exhibited internationally since the 1970s. He has taught at Columbia University, New York; The London Institute and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. — View Artist »