Lee Mullican: Drawings

Event Date: 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 12:00am to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
An opening reception will be hend on July 26, 5:30 - 7:30pm.
With a career spanning fifty years, Lee Mullican (b.1919, Chickasha, OK; d. 1998, Santa Monica, CA) worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. Presented in this exhibition are fourteen drawings created early in Mullican’s career. All were made using the surrealist technique of automatism which rejected any formal, aesthetic concerns and instead allowed compositions to unconsciously develop. Mulllican’s practice was shaped by his time during World War II as a member of the cartography unit. This experience, plus his study of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Zen Buddhism, and native american art helped shape his work into a unique brand of aesthetics that combined European art movements and American art in general. The resulting compositions display a flurry of expressive marks and suggestive imagery, alternating between chaotic and serene. 
Thanks to Jody Marsh, Zach Horowitz, and the Estate of Beverly Horowitz for the generous donation of these works to the Art, Design & Architecture Museum’s collection.