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New York woman makes chaotic creations with her art
Bridget Mullen displays her Neighborhood Watch exhibit at UNGs Gainesville camp
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“Ideal Strains” by Bridget Mullen is on display in the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in Oakwood.

Neighborhood Watch

When: Today through Sept. 24 with opening reception at 2 p.m. today at the gallery

Where: Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Cost: Free

More info: ung.edu/art-galleries/gainesville/index.php

Layered with paint and collage elements, Bridget Mullen’s artwork creates a dream-like “confounding tangle of images” that moves the viewer “toward a resonant truth.”

The New York city woman said she has no preconceived plan when she works. She invites missteps.

“Coincidence, chaos and chance are necessary in my process,” she said. “I work quickly, without censor, to capture myself at times fumbling and at times confident. Every action becomes a catalyst for reaction. I work free-associatively and deposit paint left on my brush to create incidental images. I deconstruct past work and collage fragments with new work to mutate the original meanings. I create images that trigger surprising associations whose layers of meaning are slow to unravel.”

She then counterbalances her work with the conceptual weight of the materials. Her materials fade and older paintings are deconstructed to make something new. She often paints on surfaces with purposes other than for art making.

“I work my materials so they are nearly unnamable,” she said. “White paint on tar paper ages to resemble stone, stones are painted to look like shoes, and the gradients created by spray paint waver between realistic references and acknowledging paint as a physical artifice.”

Northeast Georgia residents can see her “Neighborhood Watch” exhibit in the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus. It will run from today through Sept. 24 at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

A reception and talk with the artist will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the gallery.

The gallery is in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building. Its hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Visitor parking is available in front of the building.

Mullen lives and works in New York City. She earned a master’s in fine arts from Massachusetts College of Art in 2006 and a bachelor’s in art education from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1999.

Mullen has participated in several residency programs including the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently the 2015–2016 Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program in New Mexico.

For more information, visit ung.edu/art-galleries/gainesville/index.php.

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