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The Meaning of Things

Matt Mullican

Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Publication date : 2020/02/01
ISBN 9789463930109

This artist’s book is the book-form of a work by Matt Mullican, The Meaning of Things (who feels the most pain?) (2014), con sisting of 676 collages and texts on sheets of standard printing paper.

At the approximate center of each collage is a small image that appears to be a printout of an image procured from the Internet. Around the images are hand-drawn, quasi-calligraphic marks (in black only), curved, giving the impression of an “organic” form in the manner of ornate, rococo frames. The series develops a narrative of interests, practices and collective representations that suggest and disavow each other. Mullican deftly challenges this simple to-and-froing of “virtual” and “real” by suspending the idea that only through the material/physical printing out of the digital images, the content of the images is “restored” back into the “real”—to grasp the “meaning of things” comes at the price of “feeling the most pain”.

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