Untitled, 2014

Mixed Media

Granite plate with reliefs inside stretcher frame with frottage, oil stick on canvas, in custom made wooden box

11.69 x 8.27 x 0.79 in

29.7 x 21.0 x 2.0 cm

Edition of 8

This work comes with a signed and numbered certificate.

PRICE: $6,080

    About The Work

    At first Untitled, 2014, looks easy to handle, quite small, just larger than an A4 piece of paper, a frottage on canvas in a handmade wooden box. Only upon closer examination does one see that the linen has been stretched over a massive slab of granite, whose flat surfaces are covered in the artist’s graphic inscriptions.

    While the linen envelopes the front side of the slab (including the engravings beneath the spanned frottage), the rear surface, normally exempt from observation and framed by the folded cloth edges and stabilizing wooden supports, reveals a finely chiseled, diagrammatic drawing. With white strokes on a black background, the granite surface recalls a schoolroom chalkboard with its temporary yet universal function: always ready to be erased and rewritten, the chalkboard—even before Beuys—has long symbolized the drafting of new world visions, a surface to record fluxes of energy and ideational constructs. 

    Similarly universal are the drawings on both sides of this granite sheet, their forms tracing back to pages from Mullican’s extensive trove of handwritten notes, sandblasted here onto the stone. The rough impression of the oil pastel frottage on white linen achieves the same graphic quality as many of the artist’s other multiples, but without integrating the medium.

    With Untitled, 2014, Matt Mullican broadens his formal and substantive spectrum to capture the differentiated interplay between image and medium, the drawn and the written, concealment and revelation, and visual and tactile perception. At the same time, the compilation of existential concepts on the box’s screen printed label makes reference to the cosmological character of the diagrams inside.

    Courtesy of Klosterfelde Edition

    About Matt Mullican

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