Exhibition dates: 17 January - 28 February 2015
Exhibition preview: Thursday 29 January, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Michael Mulvihill will stage a solo exhibition in the Project Space in January 2015, presenting a series of new works made while artist in residency at Northumbria University. The exhibition will bring together a series of drawings based on the Vulcan XL319 aircraft, which is now permanently installed at the North-East Land, Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland. Recalling his fascination with the Cold War, Mulvihill remembers growing up as a child in the Eighties, running home from school to see whether he could beat the 'four minute' attack warning that would signal nuclear annihilation. He failed, it took him 6 minutes. The artist uses this biographical anecdote to focus his attentions on broader geopolitical narratives of that era.
By appropriating the iconography of the Vulcan aircraft and reframing it through his typically delicate pencil drawings, Mulvihill conflates global histories with a more personal tenor. The exhibition has been kindly supported by the Paper Studio at Northumbria University and NELSAM and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
Artist Biography: Michael Mulvihill is an artist based in Gateshead. Since graduating from Northumbria University with an MFA in 2002, Mulvihill has shown extensively in the UK and internationally. Recent group shows include 'They Used to Call it the Moon,' Baltic & 'Between Fact and Fiction,' Vane Gallery (2014). He currently holds a Leverhulme artist in residence position in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, and is artist in residence with the Paper Studio Northumbria and Northern Peripheries Research Network at Northumbria University in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts. Michael Mulvihill is currently represented by Vane, Newcastle.
Michael Mulvihill, The Means and the Instruments (vulcan13) 2013