Matt Mullican, Untitled (Alphabet in Language), 2016. Acrylic gouache and oil stick rubbing on canvas.
California native Matt Mullican has been the subject of multiple exhibitions in Europe over the past two decades, but this is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States in over 20 years. His exhibition at the de Young takes over the museum’s free public atrium with rubbings, billboards, and light boxes that draw the viewer into the expansive pictorial universe through which he maps and analyzes his experience of being in the world.
Mullican will also present a performance as That Person, his alter ego. Under hypnosis, he treats his own psyche as yet another medium for reflection and interpretation.
(Image provided courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.)