Amsterdam based abstract architectural painter, Daniel Mullen, was born in Glasgow, Scotland 1985. He graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Mullen has exhibited internationally; London, New York, Sao Paulo, and most recently had his first museum show in Berlin. His work has also been acquired by notable private, corporate, and public collections. Mullen calls himself a “devoted craftsman” who meticulously creates his works without digital or mechanical aid.
Daniel Mullen is working in collaboration with artist and filmaker Lucy Codes Engelman to create this series of works.
Synesthesia is an involuntary sensory experience that takes many different forms; from tasting colours to smelling sounds, etc. In Lucy’s case, when she sees or thinks about time and numbers (days of the week, months, hours, years) as well as letters/words ie a person’s name, she experiences a different colour sequence in her mind’s eye. Additionally, time is spatial and coloured related, as in the days of the week, months, years, all have a coloured location in space and a shifting orientation. Essentially, she has an ever changing complex and luminous filter to view the abstract concepts of our world. The technical names of these types of Synesthesia are: Spatial-Temporal Synesthesia, Spatial Sequence Synesthesia and Number Form as well as Grapheme Colour. Daniel himself doesn’t have it, but he unknowingly developed a way of painting that is the closest visualization Lucy has ever seen of her experience regarding coloured letters, numbers and time. Recently, they’ve created a series of works in which they build a visual representation of time in numbers from all kinds of varying orientations and so on. This project will be developing over the coming years.
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