Mark Mullin is a painter and printmaker whose work has been exhibited at the Paul Kuhn Gallery, Leo Kamen Gallery, the State Gallery, and Artspace Gallery in Ontario, Canada. His recent work offers multiple references that straddle notions of abstraction and representation. Mullin’s work is included in numerous permanent collections such as, the Art Gallery of Novia Scotia Permanent Collection, Musee de Quebec, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Huskin and Harcourt corporation.
“My recent work attempts to offer a multiplicity of references that straddle notions of what constitute the abstract and the representational. Though calculated in their placement and execution, the arrangement of reoccurring forms make little literal sense yet possess enough fleeting familiarity to engage the viewer in a game of deduction. Somewhere a narrative lurks. …… Writhing tubular forms negotiate for space and control with flat, monochrome circles. Perhaps one suspects that behind their tight geometry there is housed the hard-wiring, cogs, residual energies, chemical leaks and whatever else that was necessary to push them to the forefront. These seemingly playful works are to teeter on the edge of a pending crisis. Their frivolous “silly” colors and forms negotiate within their allotted sector, but to alter the present dialogue (by nudging one circle a little left?) might kick start an uncontrollable system meltdown.”
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