Mark Mulroney – MIXED GREENS, New York

 

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Mark Mulroney

Born 1973 in Lost Springs, Wyoming, USA

 

 

While many people spent time in late 2012 contemplating the Mayan calendar and mankind’s demise, Mark Mulroney focused on paradise. Ageless one-liner jokes involving a man stranded on a desert island reminded him of his own situation in the studio. The simple idea of the studio-as-an-island quickly gave way to a more complicated vision where the island is both and escape and a prison.



In addition to reading Gauguin’s letters, studying Tarzan imagery, and internalizing cliched tropical sunsets, Mulroney investigated 30-years-worth of Playboy and Penthouse magazines in preparation for this work. These vintage magazines have significant influence beyond the obvious role nudity plays in Mulroney’s lexicon. The Playboy gag cartoons are especially inspiring (many include a desert island) and lead to the baroque hedonism seen in his paintings, sculptures, and sketchbooks.

 

 

 

 

 


Mark Mulroney, I Should Have Seen This Coming, 2013, acrylic on canvas over panel, 48 x 54 inches

Mark Mulroney, Everything You Do Is Wonderful, 2013, acrylic on canvas over panel, 48 x 54 inches

Mark Mulroney, You're What's Missing, 2013, acrylic on canvas over panel, 24 x 24 inches

Mark Mulroney, Happiness Idols (grouping of 12 sculptures), 2013-2014, acrylic on wood, dimensions variable