McCullough Mulvin Orange

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McCullough Mulvin Orange is a site-specific contemporary art project taking place across five venues in central Dublin in September–October, 2017. The exhibition features a series of new works by artist Mark Orange specially made for the project, each produced in collaboration with architect Niall McCullough of the Dublin architectural practice McCullough Mulvin.

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The works, in audio and video, are being presented at some of the key Dublin buildings designed by McCullough Mulvin over the past 20 years, each of the venues hosting one work, installed in the context of the building and its everyday usage.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will be exhibiting Interview with NIXLL MCXULXOUGH, an installation in the building’s atrium space that includes a 15 minute audio piece. The work plays on the form of a radio documentary, taking as its starting point an interview between the artist and Niall McCullough recorded at the building in May this year. The TBG+S building, when it reopened in 1994, was one of McCullough Mulvin Architects’ first major completed projects.

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College will host another audio installation, the four-channel Architecture & Motility. Based on a series of recordings of Niall McCullough's digestion sounds recorded at the Hub, the work will replay for the duration of the exhibition through speakers located in the ground floor and second floor levels of McCullough Mulvin’s iconic building on Trinity’s Fellows’ Square.

The Irish Architecture Foundation will be presenting two works as part of the project at their new McCullough Mulvin-designed headquarters on Bachelors Walk. In the upstairs gallery space, Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Mark Orange’s 2010 text and image work, will be displayed as an entry point of sorts for the project. And on view in the ground floor theatre space will be The Fountainhead, a video piece shot at the Ussher Library at Trinity College that re-stages the final scene of Ayn Rand’s infamous novel. (The Fountainhead will also be on view for the duration of the exhibition inserted in between regular programming on the digital information screens throughout the Berkeley, Lecky, and Ussher Libraries at Trinity College.)

Finally, in the little cube window built into the façade of 1 Leinster Street (McCullough Mulvin’s ‘Square Root’ store front, currently occupied by the Association for Dental Education in Europe), a golden archival CD will be on display, burned with an interview with Niall McCullough explaining the architecture of the space and the Dublin Dental Hospital Extension building on the floors above.

McCullough Mulvin Orange is generously supported by project awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, and will be accompanied by the publication of a free map, with an essay by Jill Stoner, that will be available at all of the participating venues.

The exhibition is accompanied by a number of special events:

  • All venues will be open late for Culture Night, Friday September 22nd, 6–9pm.
  • The artist will conduct a walking tour of all of the McCullough Mulvin Orange venues on Saturday, September 23rd, leaving Temple Bar Gallery + Studios atrium space at 2:30pm. The event is free and open to the public, please visit www.templebargallery.com/events to register.
  • Following the walking tour, there will be an exhibition reception for the project, open to all, 5–7pm, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios atrium space.
  •  Mark Orange will present a talk on his installation at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, as part of Trinity's Discover Research Night, Friday September 29th, 7pm.

Mark Orange was born in Belfast and received a BA and MA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster. He was a founding member of Belfast artist-run organisation Catalyst Arts. For the past 18 years, he has been based in New York, but continues to work and exhibit on both sides of the Atlantic. Recent exhibitions include The Headless City, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway; Temporal Rendering: The Orpheus Building at Ulster University, Belfast; A False Sense, Catalyst Arts, Belfast; and Technically Sweet, Participant Inc, and Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Overgaden, Copenhagen.

For further information, please visit: www.mcculloughmulvinorange.com

Time and Architecture: Three Films and Three Rooms 09.2015 - 10.2015

Cervantes Institute, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.

Some of this exhibition In Dublin took the form of wall-mounted panels but the focus was on three specially -constructed plywood screening-rooms, within each of which a film is projected; the three films correspond to the tripartite thematic organisation of the architects work. Each of the screening rooms were constructed with the minimum uncut raw materials in plywood and softwood, left untreated so that the changing light unfolds across the mottled surface; each room has two entrances- different locations in each one, so that the visitor enters and leaves lengthways or crossways, travelling between them on plywood causeways, passing narrow urban alleys between. The film forms an essential part of the architecture; the position of the camera is always fixed: it never pans, and any movement derives from incidental and contingent occurrences – a gust of wind, a car in a street, an office worker wheeling out a bin into a backyard.  Time passes; the building endures- or slowly invisibly falls away.