Matt Mullican. Rubbings. Catalogue 1984 – 2016

Matt Mullican


Catalogue 1984 – 2016

For the se­ries of works en­ti­tled Rub­bings, Matt Mul­li­can scratches draw­ings onto large sheets of card­board or MDF that are then trans­ferred to coloured can­vases by rub­bing with oil sticks. A se­lec­tion from the se­ries was ex­hib­ited in Win­terthur and Heil­bronn, and the cat­a­logue brings to­gether more than 500 ex­am­ples. The un­ex­pect­edly small-for­mat book with its yel­low hard­cover makes for an agree­able con­trast to the mon­u­men­tal­ity of the art. In keep­ing with the works, the em­bossed ty­pog­ra­phy ex­tend­ing over the whole cover em­pha­sises the tac­tile el­e­ment. In­side, be­tween one and six il­lus­tra­tions per page are pre­sented in ap­pro­pri­ately ad­justed sizes within a strict frame­work. The ef­fect is very clear, di­rect and com­pact, and brings out Mul­li­can's un­com­pli­cated vi­sual lan­guage very well. The il­lus­tra­tions, which are of vary­ing qual­ity, are stan­dard­ised by new colour­ing in sin­gle tones of yel­low, blue, red and green. This not only em­pha­sises the se­ri­al­ity and vari­abil­ity of the works but also con­tributes to the co­he­sive im­pres­sion cre­ated by the book.

Dieter Schwarz, Zürich
Dieter Schwarz, Zürich
Nicolas Eigenheer, Zürich; Noémie Gygax, Neuchâtel
Musumeci S.p.A., Quart (IT)
JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag AG, Zürich
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