Artist: Marlon Mullen
painting | Acrylic on canvas | 914x660mm | 2018

Marlon Mullen drew the images for his paintings from the covers of art magazines such as Artforum and Art in America—though he often subtly transforms them, leaving out letters such that the meaning is changed. Layering on generous amounts of paint, he creates balanced surfaces that focus on the abstract composition of forms. Mullen often pulls his sources from magazines and art publications at NIAD (Nurturing Independence through Artistic Development) Art Center, a progressive art studio in Richmond, California, that supports the endeavors of artists with disabilities. Painting’s role as a type of visual language takes on added significance for Mullen, an artist with autism spectrum disorder who communicates mostly nonverbally. His specific use of color, gesture, and abstraction creates an embodied conversation with the artist, his source material, and the viewer. (Photograph courtesy NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA; Adams and Ollman, Portland; and JTT, New York)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)