The subject of Matt Mullican's artwork is renowned Modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer who was the original architect of the Rye Station building. Breuer's use of modular elements and simple forms, repeated and combined to dramatic effect, made him one of the most influential and innovative architects of his time. This mosaic honors Breuer's work and incorporates views of buildings he designed, with their characteristic bold use of light and shadow. His iconic furniture and design are also featured.
For over three decades, Mullican has created a complex body of work about systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and signification. His visual language uses graphics and sign systems to communicate with the viewer, who is taken on an exploration through the work. Mullican is concerned with the relationship between perception and reality, between the ability to see something and the ability to represent it. Mullican's oeuvre, which takes form as drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation, investigates how we understand what we see, in essence creating a 'picture' of the world. At Rye Station, he lets Marcel Breuer's works speak for themselves, using selected views and samples to create a composition that both honors and reveals new insights into the architect.
The following Breuer works are included in this mosaic:
1. Hunter College, Bronx, NY 1957 - 60.
2. "Wassily" Club Armchair B3 1927-28.
3. St. John's Abbey, Collegeville Minnesota 1954-68 (west side of Cloister Church.)
4. The Secretariat Building, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris 1958. detail of 'brise-soleils.'
5. University of Massachusetts, Murray Lincoln Campus Cente, Amherst, Mass. 1967-70.
6. Convent of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Baldegg, Switzerland 1968 - 72.
7. Edgar Stillman Cllege, Cape Cod, Wellfleet, Mass. 1953 - 54.
8. St. John's University student residence, Collegeville, Minnesota 1965- 67.
9. French Patent specification application 1927 "Standard Mobel" Steel Club Armchair B3.
10. Torin Corporation, Nivelles, Belgium 1963 - 64.
11. Torin Corporation, Nivelles, Belgium 1963 - 64.
12. AFC Industries' "Talgo" model planned for the New Haven Railroad, 1955.
13. De Bijenkorf Department Store, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1955- 57.
14. Apartment Buildings Flaine, France 1961 - 76.
15. Furniture for Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin 1924 Chair ti 2.
16. Torin Corporation, Nivelles, Belgium 1963 - 64.
17. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 1964 - 66.
18. The "Flying Cloud" (Budd), between 1955 - 58.
19. St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota 1954-68.
20. University of Massachusetts, Murray Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, Mass. 1967-70.
21. Begrisch Hall, University Heights, NY 1959-61.
22. AFC Industries' "Talgo" model planned for the New Haven Railroad, 1955.
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