New York

Matt Mullican

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

At once rationalist and (neo)Romanticist, technocratic and ambivalently spiritual, matt Mullican’s work has consistently traced a paradox of late-modern subjectivity: the tension between a private language code (resistant to the norms of everyday communication) and the desire to feed into the logic of our regulated, postindustrial society. This now familiar dualism of consciousness continues to galvanize Mullican’s practice, suggesting that the artist has always been most interested in articulating the unstable negotiation between the rational and the irrational. This dilemma was posed in the first part of Mullican’s exhibition in which the artist juxtaposed recent computer-generated images of a model city and large-scale, obliquely figurative drawings made under hypnosis in 1982. These works were framed within black and red walls, symbolizing “sign, language” and “[the] subjective, meaning

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