Michael Mulvihill (2013-2015)

Through my drawings I investigate the point when the imperatives of global politics touch lived lives in the Everyday. My work has been influenced by the memory of running home from school, during the Cold War, to discover it had taken six minutes, while having the knowledge that Soviet missiles would have taken four.

The work entitled The Pursuit of Happiness (2013 – 2014),sought to constitute the political and institutional architecture of the existential ‘nuclear’ threat. The work depicts, as small drawing that resemble game tokens, neoliberal politicians, analysts, and physicists along-side Soviet cosmonauts. The drawings are laid across a table evoking the gaming strategies used to maintain the Cold War balance of terror.

As PSN Artist in Residence I am developing a body of work towards an exhibition at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art entitled The Means and the Instruments. The work being produced is being made in response to the Vulcan Bomber XL319, which is permanently on show at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum (NELSAM) in Sunderland. The aircraft was flown to the museum in 1983 on the site of the then Sunderland Airport. The airport was dismantled around the Vulcan aircraft for the construction of the Nissan car plant during the late 1980s. This work has been made possible through the Grants for the Arts scheme through the Arts Council England.

Michael Mulvihill was awarded Arts Council funding to carry out a twelve-month residency at PSN (2013-14). He has a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and an MA in Fine Art, Northumbria University. He is represented by Vane Gallery, Newcastle.