Faculty Exhibition - Mark Mullin: insistent debris

Image: peripheral tricks, 2015 oil on canvas 80" x 78"

This solo exhibition of recent paintings by ACAD Instructor Mark Mullin investigates how abstract painting can perform as a type of paradoxical narrative of contradiction and subversion. It is a dialogue whose visual vocabulary is comprised of borrowed bits and parts – a convergence of “ insistent debris” where the decorative and minimal negotiate with the brash and grotesque.  

What results are paintings that resonate like improvised abstract theatre. It is the study, contemplation and rummaging through various types of debris that has pushed Mullin’s paintings to this point: the oddities floating in the corner of a harbor, the bits of conflicting things entwined in the fence after the storm winds recede, the comical matter seeping through his studio roof on sweltering days.  Through various paint application methods these unexpected combinations occur in the canvases with an impact that is layered and seemingly incompatible. Thin washes of stained colour, softly blended voluminous forms and bulky thick paint both nestle and wrestle to evoke the vulnerable, foreboding and ridiculous.

Opening: Saturday, November 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artist in attendance. 
Paul Kuhn Gallery

Saturday, November 21, 2015 to Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 724 - 11th Ave SW Calgary, AB