The multi-faceted and complex work of Matt Mullican, a New York-based artist, will be exhibited at the Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building at Colorado State University from March 27-April 21.
In addition, Mullican will present a talk on "Details From an Imaginary Universe: A Lecture in Three Parts Spanning 35 Years of Work" at 6 p.m. April 3 in the Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.
All events are free and open to the public.
The Mullican exhibit at the gallery is possible through the generosity of Boulder collectors Mark and Polly Addison, who have given a number of works to the permanent collection at Colorado State.
"The exhibit will feature works from the Addison’s collection, including a portfolio of screenprints and etchings that correspond to the artist’s notebooks from 1972 to 1992," said Linny Frickman, director of the Hatton Gallery. "The works will give insight into the development of Matt’s artistry."
Since the early 1980s, Mullican’s work has focused on a stratified metaphysical construction – a cosmology – based on a vocabulary of signs and images that are both generic and personal. His work spans media such as banners, posters, stained glass, prints, painted aluminum, carved stones, photography and performance.
"Rather than taking our understanding of the world around us as a given, an assumed knowledge of things, Mullican dismantles and reassembles the fabric of reality as he experiences it," noted Adam Mendelsohn, a free-lance art critic based in Manhattan. "It’s not until you submerge yourself in Mullican’s work that it sparkles, like shining a light through an intricately cut, multi-refracting jewel."
Mullican’s work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Europe and can be found in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art: Los Angeles.
This exhibition and artist visit is part of the Department of Art’s Critic and Artist Residency Series, made possible by the FUNd at Colorado State and with the generous assistance of Mark and Polly Addison.
The Critic and Artist Residency Series was founded in 1997 to bring prominent artists, critics, curators and writers to Colorado State. The program allows students, faculty and the community to engage in dialogue with important figures in the contemporary art world through public lectures, open forums, classroom interactions and critiques.
Past visitors to campus include writers Peter Plagens, Christopher Knight, Eleanor Heartney, Robert C. Morgan, Helaine Posner, A.D. Coleman and John G. Hanhardt. Visiting artist residencies have featured Byron Kim, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Laurie Fendrich, Reverend Ethan Acres, Igor Moukhin and Alan Rath, among many others.
Contact Linny Frickman, director of the Hatton Gallery, at Linda.Frickman@colostate.edu or call 970-491-7634 for more details.