(b. 1980, The Netherlands, lives and works in Berlin and London)
“Smoking Poles,” 2011
Deleuze & Co.
Marlie Mul’s Smoking Poles (2011) belong to a recent series of works which act as a lyrical ode to the romantic aura surrounding smoking and how this collective feeling has been affected by the proliferation of smoking bans in the past decade. Whereas much of Mul’s previous work has been made within an overt philosophical framework, wearing an academic heart on its sleeve, these pieces address more accessible emotions. Rather than referencing a Heideggerian concept of “things,” the focus returns to the materiality of objects and artistic production and processes, creating a precious object instead of a precious concept. The ashtrays have hand carved fragments of poetry, like graffiti taking out frustration with an outside power that forcefully reshaped the way we have to socialize.
Mul received a Masters Degree in Architectural Theory at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 2009 and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. Recent solo exhibitions include “Stop Being So Attractive I Can’t Get Anything Done” at Autocenter, Berlin; No Oduur at SPACE, London and STUDIO, Berlin; and Your Wet Sleeve in My Neck at Galerie Lucile Corty in Paris. Recent group exhibitions include “Grouped Show” at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin; “Rhododendron” at W139, Amsterdam; “Rhododendron II” at SPACE, London; and “The Smart Frrridge (Chilly Forecast for Internet Fridge)” at Kunstverein Medienturm in Graz, Austria. Mul is initiator of the online artists PDF publishing platform www.xym.no and teaches at the Architectural Association in London.