By displaying and alternating the order of these words, Matt Mullican intends to make sense of the world and how we perceive it. Portrayed in a font he created, the words’ simplified visual language intends for it to be captured in a matter of seconds. Mullican’s extensive language of signs and symbols describe systems of knowledge, equally attuned to his subconscious mind and his experience of reality.
Matt Mullican (USA, 1951) has been interested in studying and depicting the models of representation and organization of the world. He has developed a complex language consisting of symbols based on both international signage and invented signs with an associated color system. These systems allow him to examine the relationship between reality and perception, to model the real and consider all stages of the human condition. In addition to his experimentation with language, Mullican depicts his experience with the everyday, exploring specific moments in time, and embodying quotidian ideas through his alter ego ‘That Person.’ He explores how meaning is created and communicated in real life as opposed to through media. Mullican lives and works in Berlin and New York.