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View of “Dennis McNulty,” 2014. From left: The Archivist, 2014; The Wall, 2014; Portable Framework, 2010.

Dennis McNulty

Limerick City Gallery of Art

View of “Dennis McNulty,” 2014. From left: The Archivist, 2014; The Wall, 2014; Portable Framework, 2010.

One way to begin decoding Dennis McNulty’s tech-savvy, aesthetically impersonal work might be, perversely, to consider two key aspects of his biography. First, McNulty’s main training was not in art but in engineering, and across an expansive range of subsequent artistic activities—installations, sculptures, films, sound works, performances—he has continued to develop interests arising from that discipline. Second, during his postcollege years in the 1990s, McNulty’s engineering talents were channeled into the production of electronic music: recording as part of an acclaimed duo, Decal, and running the pioneering Dublin electronic-music label Ultramack. Since then—driven, initially, by a desire to inventively tailor sound to specific architectural contexts—McNulty has incorporated into his work types of making and picturing associated with applied science.

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