Mark Mulroney – MIXED GREENS, New York
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.