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The Manchester Contemporary 2016

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I’m showing some new work at The Manchester Contemporary with Object / A.

Details as follows:

OBJECT / A (Stand 330)

Old Granada Studios
St John’s
Quay Street
M3 4PR

Private View (Invitation Only): Thursday 22 September 16:30 – 17:30
Preview: Thursday 22 September 17:30 – 21:00

Friday 23 September 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday 24 September 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 25 September 10:00 – 17:00

Use code “TMC2016” to get complimentary tickets to The Manchester Contemporary.

My work is supported by Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces.

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More on New Art Spaces:

Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (NAS) is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artist development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, NAS provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Currently CG runs New Art Spaces in Chorlton, Leigh and Bolton.

New Art Spaces Chorlton Open Day


The Kármán Line at Object / A


The Kármán Line
Matthew Denniss / Tom Ireland / Michael Mulvihill

16 April – 28 May 2016 (Preview: Friday 15 April 18:00 – 21:00)

The Kármán Line presents new and recent works by Matthew Denniss, Tom Ireland, and Michael Mulvihill.

With the onset of the Space Race in the 1950s, the USA and the Soviet Union’s rivalry in space exploration led to the calculation of the point which marks outer space – the “Kármán Line”. Its location 100 km (62 miles) above the Earth’s surface is the altitude at which outer space starts; to pass the “Kármán Line” turns a pilot into an astronaut.

The Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1 on 4th October 1957 marks the advent of the Space Race, the Cold War contest between the USA and the Soviet Union. Sputnik 1’s orbit of the Earth until January 1958 led to an increase in space exploration in the 1960s with the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s voyage into space in April 1961 in which he crosses the “Kármán Line”.

In The Kármán Line each artist presents works which cite ideas about the Space Race. Michael Mulvihill’s The Pursuit of Happiness (2014) is a Traffolyte panel which comprises a constellation of Cold War individuals such as anonymous Soviet cosmonauts; RAND Corporation economists such as Henry S. Rowen and Charles J. Hitch; US politicians such as Robert McNamara and Alain Enthoven; as well as Wernher von Braun, the inventor of Nazi Germany’s V-2 rocket and the USA’s Saturn V. Since the 1940s the RAND Corporation has been a catalyst in US policy on the Space Race in the context of fighting a future nuclear war with its early reports on satellite development. In The Pursuit of Happiness Mulvihill represents a multitude of participants in the Space Race which accentuates the multiplicity of positions that shape Cold War ideology.

Tom Ireland’s TRAILER (the_heavens) (2016) is a video loop in which Jeff Koons’ Rabbit (1986) appears, floating through outer space, approximately 1500 light years from Earth in the constellation of Orion. Ireland conceives of Rabbit, with its polished stainless steel surface reminiscent of the metallic veneer of NASA’s Echo balloons (1960) and the shiny sphere of Sputnik 1 (1957), as a cryptic satellite that silently moves through the universe. Rabbit is cast as an embodiment of transcendence and Ireland aligns the ruthless physicality of the object with a human quest to explore beyond our terrestrial limits.

In works on paper such as Untitled (043x-yjik-xe) (2016) Matthew Denniss sources archival photographs which he prints onto acetate then projects onto a wall in order to trace the photograph. He then overlaps this with another more abstract image. Hundreds of pen marks are densely built up to create a new interpretation of the photograph as one whose deterioration over time impacts its physicality. In Untitled (043x-yjik-xe) Denniss combines a photograph of an astronaut in a spacesuit prior to a launch with the interior of a space shuttle. Denniss’ process results in works in which the layers of marks serve to disrupt the photographs’ visual data as the pen marks serve to conceal clues to the photographs’ provenance.

Matthew Denniss [BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (2006)] lives and works in Manchester. Recent exhibitions include NORTH (2015), Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington;Film Material (2015), BEEF, Bristol; NN Contemporary Open (2013), NN Contemporary, Northampton; and Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (2013), Broomhill Art Foundation, Devon.

Tom Ireland [BA (Hons) Fine Art, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle (2006)] lives and works in Blackpool. Recent exhibitions include Modern History Vol. II (2015), The Atkinson, Southport; They Used to Call it the Moon (2014), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC 39, Newcastle; and Strabismus: Exhibition as Cinema (2013), The Lombard Method, Birmingham and Mexico Project Space, Leeds. He is represented by OBJECT / A.

Michael Mulvihill [MA Fine Art Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2002)] lives and works in Gateshead. Recent exhibitions include The Means and the Instruments (2015), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; 4th Ghetto Biennale (2015), Port-au-Prince, Haiti;They Used to Call it the Moon (2014), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC 39, Newcastle; Tip of the Iceberg (2013), Contemporary Art Society, London; and Luminous Language (2013), Launch F18, New York, USA. He is represented by Vane, Newcastle.

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Tom Ireland

Michael Mulvihill

The Kármán Line is supported by Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces.

Paint sponsor:

Farrow & Ball

Formworks Matthew Denniss Federation House

My friends Grant Archer and Casey at Formworks have made a short film about about my project space at Federation House. Here it is:

Federation House Images

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Federation House: Open House Photos

01Thanks to everyone who made it to Federation House on Thursday and over the weekend. The turnout was fantastic and the Open House event was a big success. Here are some great photos of Thursday evening taken by my friend Grant Archer. 0203040506

Federation House: Open House


I’m very pleased to be taking part in the Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces Open House event. It will be at Federation House in central Manchester and will feature exhibitions, open studios, film, video, and performance over all eight floors of the building. The opening is on Thursday the 26 of March from 6-9pm. I’ll also be keeping my studio open from 1-6pm on Friday the 27th, Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th.

Using a project space at Federation House has been a fantastic opportunity for me to experiment, work on a large scale and have more breathing space and freedom than I had with my previous studio provision. For the Open House event, I will be showing three videos that have not been shown before, one of which will be The Turing Suite, which I made in collaboration with We Are Willow.

The Address is:

Federation House

Corner of Federation Street and Balloon Street


M4 2AH

Nearest transport links:

Metrolink: Shudehill or Victoria

Train: Victoria or 10-15 min walk from Piccadilly

Bus: Shudehill Interchange or 10 min walk from Piccadilly Gardens

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