Born: 1981, Kiel, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin.
2009: Royal University College of Fine Art, Stockholm.
2007: University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
The work of Simon Mullan communicates through commonplace domestic materials and shop bought commodities alongside high production video, performance, and photography. Infused with an anarchic sense of humour, he consciously collapses concepts of high and low culture in playful and provocative works of art that exist both inside and outside the gallery. From the beer-guzzling youth to the art aficionado, recognizable clichés of identity are unpicked through the symbols, actions and ideals they are built upon.
His long-held interest in how social tribes project their comradery is embodied in the recurrent use of alpha bomber jackets as a raw material. For the ongoing series Alpha, the artist toys with the objects semiotics. The familiar item of clothing, a uniform, adopted by ring wing militants, Hollywood actors and Ukrainian rebel alike – are cut up into pieces and then roughly stitched together in large fabric collages. This metaphorical stripping, destruction, and then patching back together provides an unconventional portrait of a collective identity, whilst simultaneously revealing its literal and figurative fragility.
Mullan’s creative process, producing work intuitively, with conscious economy, allows the artist to fluctuate between personas of the naive craftsman and self-aware art world rebel. In Popularis, 2015, Mullan transforms bathroom tiling into abstract wall art, accentuating the visual similarities between them and blurring the line between working class builder and artistic intellectual. Video work Ambiguus, 2012, featuring a pumping electronic soundtrack over views of tranquil landscapes, makes no attempt to define its intended artistic worth through politically savvy titling or attached elucidation. By actively pushing against our own preconceived notions of the artist, the work finds Mullan questioning his own role in society along with the roles of those around him.
Shifting between material, context and technique, Simon Mullan’s adaptability as an artist mirrors the far-reaching themes of identity, gender and symbolic value that his work embodies. Established notions of culture and identity collide in art that acknowledges both the deep-rooted connotations of social order and their endless potential for reinvention.
Die Fläche. PM/AM, London.
Die Fuge. Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Blue Velvet. Haubrock Foundation/Farhbereitschaft, Berlin.
Popularis. Belmacz Gallery, London.
Alpha. Belenius Nordenhake, Stockholm.
City/Urban Camouflage. Belmacz Gallery, London.
Intermorior. Belmacz Gallery, London.
M, Eine Hymne an die Kraft. Alida Ivanov, Stockholm.
W, Eine Hymne an die Langeweile. Crystal Gallery, Stockholm.
December. Peter Bergman Gallery, Stockholm.
Behind Closed Doors Only Grey Exists. Bastard Gallery, Stockholm.
Quik One. Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm.
Swedish Art NOW. Sven-Harry Konstmuseum, Stockholm.
Event Potential. Harbor Gallery, New York.
State of Being. Belenius Nordenhake, Stockholm.
Facets. GSL Project, Berlin.
Art Rotterdam. Belenius Nordenhake, 3044BC, Rotterdam.
Artissima. Belenius Nordenhake, Torino.
Redux. Inoperable Gallery, Vienna.
Biotop/Bioligiska Museet. Niklas Belenius Gallery, Stockholm.
High On Low Life. Telemarks Kunstnerssenter, Skien.
Cirkus TM. Belmacz Gallery, London.
Foxhole #8. MiniArtistSpace, Stockholm.
Slideluck Stockholm 3. BioRio, Stockholm.
Video Dumbo. Eyebeam, Art+Technology Centre, New York.
Eskapism. Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg.
Lunatic by Aasa Ersmark. Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje.
Make Me Like It. Etablisment Gschwandtner, Vienna.
Rencontres Internationales. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Untitled. AnnaElleGallery, Stockholm.
Rencontres à Beyrouth. Beirut Art Center, Beirut.
Var+Provokation. 10Tal. Marabouparken, Stockholm.
Rencontres Internationales. Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Top Nice. Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm.
Evening Standards. Platform Stockholm, Stockholm.
Artkino 10. Bio Rio Cinema, Stockholm.
Dumbo Video Festival. Dumbo Art Center, New York.
The 7th Busan International Video Festival. Community Media Center Busan, Korea.
Rencontres Internationales. Künstler Haus, Berlin.
Rencontres Internationales. Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid.
Rencontres Internationales. Centre Pompidou, Paris.
You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile. Das Weisse Haus, Vienna.
Det andet Rum. NHL Space, Copenhagen.
Vienna Art Fair. Gallery Konzett, Vienna.
Art Kino. Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.
Moving. Clarion Hotel Art Film Festival, Stockholm.
Five Positions. Gallery Mejan, Stockholm.
Computer Image Choreography 2. Gallery Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm.
Pause For A Thought. Fylkingen, Stockholm.
CutCut. Kunsthalle, Project Space, Vienna.
13è Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. Pantalla Libre, CCCB, Barcelona.
Almost 39′ of Fever, Marco. Gallery Dispari+Dispari, Regio nell´Emilia.
Artmapping 2. Urbane Art-Soundscapes. Fluc, Vienna.
Essence. Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Das ist doch kein Porno. Gallery Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz.
Einwand. Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Real Presents. Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrad.
Mandala Award. European TV and Film Forum (1st Place), Vienna.
Inn’s Tal A(c)tion. Artist Pavillon, Tyrol.
Twenty Years of Painting and Animation. University of Applied Arts, Vienna. 20er Haus, Vienna.
Belmacz Collection, London.
Haubrok Collection, Berlin.
Kunsthalle, Wien. Ursula Blickle Video Lounge.