Matt Mullican

MAGASIN - Centre National d'Art Contemporain

In The Archaeology of Knowledge, Michel Foucault writes, “History now organizes the document, divides it up, distributes it, orders it, arranges it in levels, establishes it in series, distinguishes between what is relevant and what is not, discovers unities, describes relations.” In a sense, one can view Matt Mullican’s work in these terms, with his concept of the city taking the place of Foucault’s document. With his intricate, personalized system of signs and images drawn from the observable world, Mullican’s project seems infinite.

When faced with the immense size of the Magasin, there has been a tendency for artists either to overload the space or to minimize their intervention. Mullican’s decision to include five separate, yet integrally related projects, takes advantage of the space as a perfect arena for playing out a game of scale and makes the space a function of the works

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