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Bridget Mullen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene

ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work repetition implies movement and the passage of time to highlight the radical stillness of paintings. Repeating a figure allows me to sketch out the full nuance of her characteristics in the sum of many. I see the figures as representations or aspects of myself and use painting to make transparent the fallacy of proliferated images as well as to simultaneously benefit from the power gained in repeating my image and those who identify as women. I make paintings atop paintings, disregarding the content below and treating each layer as a "blank slate" while being conscious not to cover each layer completely. Over time, this incidental overlapping of paintings is what creates the composition. The lack of figure-ground integration locates the work outside of a pictorial space and disallows purely narrative interpretations. What is created is an idea space; the figures are meant to be considered through the lens of the methods of their making. Or, I might begin a painting by using a formal logic to compose something entirely abstract and then use shapes or lines in the painting as guides to define the nature and location of figures or recognizable objects. This juxtaposition of modernist principles and the discordant insertion of repeated, cartoonish figures allows the work to oscillate between polarities of irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, and relativism and truth.

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2017 Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
2016 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2006 Massachusetts College of Art, MFA, Boston, MA
1999 Drake University, BAE, Des Moines, IA
2016 The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
2015-2016 Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program, Roswell, NM
2014-2015 Fine Arts Work Center, Second Year Fellowship, Provincetown, MA
2014 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
2013 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2010-2011 Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

2016 "Strange Loop", Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV
"Don’t Avoid Voids", Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
2015 "Neighborhood Watch", Roy C. Moore Gallery, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA
"What Science", Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2011 "A Blue Thing, A Bell, and The Smoke Itself", Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2016 "Erotic City", Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
"Meatballs", Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
"For Sale By Owner", Hilltop Antiques, Skowhegan, ME
"The Abstract Show 4", Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL
2015 "Current Residents", Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
"New Talent", ArtSTRAND, Provincetown, MA
"In Between Meanings", Spring/Break Art Show, NY, NY
"Open (C)all: The Artist’s Studio", BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
"Postcards From The Edge", Benefit for Visual AIDS, Luhring Augustine, NY, NY
2014 "Out-of-Towners", Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV
"Sacred and Profane", Battery Steele, Peak's Island, ME
"The ... of E6", Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
"Forced Collaboration II", Artspace, New Haven, CT
"The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY, NY
2013 "Scope Miami Beach", Art Fair, (rep. by The Parlour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), Miami, FL
"Retrospective", ArtSTRAND, Provincetown, MA
"Resurrection", The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY
"Fountain New York", Art Fair, (rep. by The Parlour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), NY, NY
"Gutai: Splendid Playground", contributing participant in Gutai Card Box, Guggenheim
Museum, NY, NY
"Outback", Pleasant View Art Fest, Sharon Springs, NY
2012 "Fountain Miami", Art Fair, (rep. by The Parlour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), Miami, FL
"Show #4", The Parlour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 "Room for Error", Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
"Chain Letter", Samson Projects, Boston, MA
"Curate NYC", Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY
2010 "I Am An Important Giant", Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA
"The Brucennial 2010: Miseducation", The Bruce High Quality Foundation NY, NY
2009 "Black Thursday Halloween City!!! Black Friday Fireworks Stand", Troutman Studios,
Brooklyn, NY
2008 "Staff Sho"w, Curatorial offices, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY
"Motherless Children", Chashama, NY, NY
2005 "The Midway Show", Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA
"Painting Here", Doran Gallery, Boston, MA
"Climbing the Walls", Art Market, Jamaica Plain, MA
2004 "29th Juried Exhibition", Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA,
Curated by David C. Levy, President of Sotheby’s Institute of Art
1999 "Prints U.S.A.", Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO,
Curated by David Kiehl, Curator of Prints and Special Collections, Whitney Museum

2011 The Drawing Center Viewing Program, Registry, The Drawing Center, NY, NY
2005 Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Fund, Grant, winter
Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Fund, Grant, fall
2003 Lyndon House Arts Center, "28th Juried Exhibition", Two Merit Awards, Athens, GA

New American Paintings, No. 126, Southwest Issue
Stock, Christina. “Visiting Artist Portrays the Uncanny”, Roswell Daily Record, January 10, 2016
Shabott, Laura. “Fine Arts Work Center Fellows: Alexandria Smith and Bridget Mullen”, Artscope Magazine, January / February 2015
Joy, Christopher and Zachary Keeting. Gorky’s Granddaughter, video interview, April 2014,
Johnson, Ken. “Brucennial 2012”, The New York Times, March 1, 2012
Maliszewski, Lynn. “April 2012: Brucennial 2012: Harderer. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer”, WhiteHot Magazine, April 20, 2012,
Burket, Brent. “The Brucennial: Piece By Piece”, Hyperallergic, March 18, 2010,
Cotter, Holland. “Who Needs the Whitney? They Have Their Own Show”, The New York Times, February 25, 2010
Korn, Catherine. “Inside/Outside the Brucennial”, Art in America, February 26, 2010
Micchelli, Thomas. “Brucennial 2010: Miseducation”, The Brooklyn Rail, March, 2010

2016 Artist talk, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, NM
Artist talk, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
2015 Artist talk, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA
Fellowship Juror, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2006 Instructor, Contemporary Art, Summer Studios, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
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