IF ITS ALL THE SAME T'YOU
Collette Blanchard Gallery is pleased to present If It's All the Same T' You, a selection of new paintings by Paul Mullins. This exhibition will be on view at 26 Clinton Street from September 12th through October 24th, 2010.
Within Mullins's compositions richly painted animals and portioned figures become metaphors for the intricacies of the human condition. Mullins skillfully locates moments when sentiments, that are assumed polar opposites, become intertwined. His luscious paintings make contemporary references that complicate his pictorial content and gesticulated technique. To paraphrase the artist, such contexts emerge from the "base behaviors" of human beings, which evidence a connection to other animals.
While imagery in Mullins's paintings is not easily congruent (The viewer finds a sorrowful dog, the boots worn by wrestlers, hints at men and women who have lived hard, and even references to Star Wars); the flavor of a certain social class and place presents itself throughout. The torso of Princess Leah suggests not only the earliest feelings of lust felt by countless boys but also the broken remains of action figures left out in innumerable back yards.
The football player's crotch, cropped to only depict shorts with centered creases of latent masculinity, it's a sight that more than flirts with the homoerotic. The image vacillates between the two extremes demarcated by society; however, Mullins considers homoeroticism and masculinity as inherently connected. Tensions between other assumed extremes inform the references that the artist makes to the real.
In other renderings, his crude subjects are placed side by side with fragile and dainty imagery. Through representation, which the artist maintains "has to be held onto", Mullins makes monuments to that which is observed, through means that would be accessible to most -and in his words "would fly back home"-home being West Virginia. It is Mullins's particular means of representation, highly-selective within obfuscated contexts, that infinitely complicates the work beyond that which is represented.
The artist currently lives and works in San Francisco and received an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from Marshall University. His works have been exhibited widely in venues including the Frye Art Museum, the Triton Museum of Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. Mullins's work has been reviewed by ArtNews, Artnet, and FlashArt Magazine.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 917.639.2912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.