Skulpturenpark Köln

KölnSkulptur #8
Participating artists
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Matt Mullican
Matt Mullican, Benches
5 Worlds, 12 Benches, 2013
Steel, aluminium painted

Courtesy Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
represented at KölnSkulptur 8
In his artwork, Matt Mullican (born 1951 in Santa Monica, lives in New York and Berlin) attempts to systemise a subjective view of the world. This is based on a cartographical structure, which comes with systems of colours and symbols. For KölnSkulptur #8, Mullican places two benches on the lawn of the grounds. They display the artist's personal interpretative system. The colour green stands for nature and the substance of all things material. The green central circle of the last bench  includes the symbols of the four elements: water, earth, fire, air. On the sides, semi-circles are visible. They come across like the throwing circles of a handball field. In one case we see a red semi-circle on a black background, expressing ''subjectivity''. Both benches have yellow patches  containing symbols in their centres. Yellow means grasping something discursively, like in an  ''idea'', and therefore in a form of Platonic disclosure of the real. This is the field where the arts gather. The theatre, film, painting and literature are represented by two signs each. In the neighbouring field, which is set in blue, we find the signs for dance, music, photography and sculpture.

Interviews with Matt Mullican