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Mark Mulroney, A Schizophrenic Collapse

Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street, 212-331-8888
November 17 - December 22, 2006
Reception: Friday, November 17, 6 - 8 PM
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As the son of a military man, Mulroney spent his youth in a constant state of flux. Over time, his recollection of the many locales grew foggy and morphed into a transition-less account with only one location standing out: In 1989, his family was stationed at the Ramstein air base in Germany, during the fall of the Berlin wall. For a student, this was a life-changing time – one Mulroney compares to the previous generation’s experience of JFK. In both eras, willpower, belief and hope changed the landscape of a nation.

Mulroney’s installation at Mixed Greens is the result of many years of changing scenery and an interest in moments of psychological shift. The paintings and drawings are abstracted, floating images that encapsulate his visions of a new frontier. People are often absent, lines are broken and caves sit dark. However, the colors and shapes remind the viewer of a more child-like vision of space and location, full of naive optimism. Mulroney draws the world he might enjoy living in one day if he continues taking his medication. In separate but complementary work, his paintings of figures portray heroes, like John F. Kennedy, blurry and floating in a void.

Together, the figurative work and landscape paintings create a new American mythology. They have the spirit of the American West, the seemingly random juxtaposition of television commercials and the quiet melancholy that comes from knowing such optimism is too simplistic for these troubled times.
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