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Nowadays, the Cold War seems so long ago that it may as well have taken place in the Ice Age. Local artist Michael Mulvihill presents a solo show at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art from Saturday 17th January, prompting us to look back at when tensions between the Soviets and Western powers were at a nail-biting peak.

The artist’s pieces are inspired by his fascination with the Cold War back in the eighties. He remembers running back from school to see whether he could beat the “four minute” attack warning that would signal certain annihilation, and failing miserably (he made it in six). Featured are drawings based on the Vulcan XL319 aircraft, now permanently installed in the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland. His drawings carry echoes of a time when fingers were poised over buttons sure to cause a nuclear apocalypse.

Mulvihill studied at Northumbria University, graduating with an MFA in 2002, and has since shown extensively in the UK and internationally (the BALTIC exhibition They Used to Call it the Moon, to which he contributed, only recently drew to an end). Here he uses his own experiences of the Cold War to focus our attentions on broader geopolitical narratives of the era, which are still just as important today.

Michael Mulvihill’s exhibition at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, runs from Saturday 17th January until Saturday 28th February.

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