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Notating the Cosmology: 1973 – 2008
Matt Mullican

Matt Mullican Notating the Cosmology – 1973-2008

Matt Mullican
Notating the Cosmology – 1973-2008Notating the Cosmology
Matt Mullican
Captures Éditions


258 pages
165 x 245 mm
ISBN 9782953391206


Notating the Cosmology, 1973-2008 reproduces and organises pages torn from Matt Mullican’s own notebooks, accumulated over more than thirty years. The form imitates retrospective and biographic models, and integrates work notes used in Mullican’s performances under hypnosis that evoke his imaginary studio. Filled with notations, observations, sketches and reflections on cosmology, Mullican’s notebooks display modes of perception and formalism characteristic in his work: accumulating, collecting, adapting forms and thought patterns that are “already there”. Thus, pictograms and concepts are reworked, classified and adapted into new modalities. Borrowing from many moments of discourse and different forms of language (mathematics, visual, literary, etc.), Matt Mullican elicits a singular cosmology that invites us to reconsider our ways of constructing the world. Articulated around a semi-fictional/ semi-real Ego, Mullican creates a kind of parallel world to our own in which he organizes disciplines according to his own rules: nature and its evolution, the world of objects, symbolic values, signs and concepts.

Through his concise line and the apparently clear schema, the (false) demonstrative evidence of the diagram, and through philosophical considerations, Mullican immerses us in an incomplete cartography in which one senses his encyclopaedic mind and metaphysical direction. He touches upon essential events where Death walks hand in hand with the Destiny of the fictional Ego, where time and logic are turned in upon themselves.

About the Artist
Matt Mullican is an American contemporary artist. He is best known for combining performance, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and video as a means of exploring the subjective through the intersection of communal signage and personal semiotics. A part of the “Pictures Generation” alongside Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine, and Richard Prince, Mullican decodes images and signs through diagrams, patterns, and written words.

About the Publisher
Captures’ initial priority was to publish artists’ books, an association artist, graphic designer and publisher, free of all constraints. Subsequently, with the constant desire to prioritize the artist’s voice, uncover research, differences and debates on the question of art, other collections were born: monographs, collective works and interviews.