Matt Mullican

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

The absence of a universal lexicon of symbols is something utopians and mystics bitterly regret. To give birth to an internal system of signs with such simplicity and directness that their truth is evident to all: such has been the goal of cosmologists from Pythagoras to Monty Python. Matt Mullican is known for his own complex system of emblematic signs. But his recent installation here steps through another dimension. Through the use of a device called "Connection Machine–2,” Mullican has created an imaginary world city, presented as though ready for a future real estate agent’s sales pitch. It comes complete with architectural floor plans, broad panoramic color views, individual light-box color close-ups, and riveting computer-animated video tape giving us a speeding trip through the city’s entrails. Mullican’s city is clean, organized, and empty. It’s an abstract array of colors,

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