born 1951 in Santa Monica (CA), lives in Berlin
Coffee 1-7, 2009
Ink on paper (framed)
29,7 x 21 cm (sheet)
7 original works, signed, dated, exclusively for the GAK
Since 1978 Matt Mullican has been occupied with the subject of “hypnosis”, performing in a hypnotic trance in front of an audience or working in the seclusion of his studio. In doing so, he has sought to abandon the rational principle as much as possible and to relinquish leadership to the subconscious in the process of artistic creation. In addition, Mullican seeks to encounter parts of his personality that are hidden in the subconscious, the person that exists in all of us – “that other person” or “Matt B”, as he calls it himself. Matt A makes painstaking note in his work of that which appears to constitute Matt B. Even the smallest personal indication is recorded and leads to an increasingly exact picture of a condition that lies beyond reason.
The seven ink drawings for the GAK were created under hypnosis and deal with Matt B’s apparent predilection for coffee. The flanking numbers 1-4 recall the procedure of counting, with which one is placed in a hypnotic trance or once again brought back to consciousness.