PMULLIGAN

PROJECTS
Return 2018
OPC 2018
Rise and Fall 2018
Sleepers 2017
Once in a Lifetime 2016
Invasion Manual 2016
Mud 2016
Metamorphosis 2015
You poo-poo... 2015
Cutouts 2015
Linos 2015
The Master 2015
Artishok Bienniale 2014
Untitled (Bear Wars) 2014
Cartoon Capers 2014
Hoods 2014
Inter_ 2012
 
BIOGRAPHY
CONTACT
info@pmulligan.eu
@peetmulligan

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

       

Of Possible Configurations
A-side B-Side Gallery, London

New work byAlisha Mir, Leila Hesabi, P Mulligan, Mustafa Boga

Of Possible Configurations

Patricia Mulligan
The Sleeper Series
The Sleepers stepped down from the wall and joined the growing crowd. Their laughter was infectious, their revels intoxicating, their aim oblivion, (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
Photocopied images are of internet sourced photographs taken at Studio 54 (1977-1980)


The Sleeper Series, is a work in progress, a series of small oil paintings generating from a curious set of documentary photographs taken at Studio 54 in the late 1970s, and the associations they have to other current pre-occupations. The photographs show unconscious delirious party-goers sprawled on sofas and floors, key to them is one taken of a set of partygoers sitting against a wall which is painted with crude figures enacting a ‘disco’ Pastoral or Bacchanal.

A simple process of applying oil paint to the images, by hand, was the way in, through the application of oil paint, these curious images disintegrate through the crude tactile process of finger painting.  The photographic factual reveals itself as reverie, shifting and partial.

Painting from or onto them, activates a process of displacement, first to another medium, and then to another resister, it starts to undo them, pealing them from their surface, freeing them, or forcing an escape or shift into another register, framework, time. 

Insubstantial yet over-loaded with portent, placed in a tenuous chain of meanings … ideas of Bacchic delirium or psychosis, carnal and economic, are intertwined … perhaps it is under the weight of this expectation, they cannot hold, they start to disintegrate and dissolve, the figures to escape their confines.

The tape used to fix the paper for one painting, becomes the subject matter for the next – pieces of used overlaid discarded tape a stand in for the limp bodies, suggesting the idea, or fact, of destruction in the creative process.

The libidinal charge drives the seeker of pleasure, whether the pleasure is found in the party, the delirium, the painting, or the destruction, or its viewing.

Images from left to right

1



3

5

7

9

11

13

15

2

 

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

“the Sleepers stepped down from the wall and joined the growing crowd. Their laughter was infectious, their revels intoxicating, their aim oblivion” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“My buildings are acclaimed, and they have lasting power” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

an underworld of predators, hustlers, mobsters, clubhouse politicians and tabloid sleaze(2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“the hottest club in town” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

inside dope (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“the banks call me all the time” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

disguised as a woman (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

succumbs to the delirium of the new god (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

expecting to see sexual activities (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“he brutalised for you” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“I saw things happening there that to this day I have never seen again. I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed on a bench in the middle of the room. There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy. This was in the middle of the room. Stuff that couldn’t happen today because of problems of death.” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

 a tree or is it a wild animal (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

it doesn’t even try to get things right (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

smashes things up (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

“what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams” (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm

no one cared if he was the authority or its transgression. both (2017-18)
Oil painting on cartridge or photocopy paper
29.7cm x 21cm