Selected Works



Résumé / Bio

Gary Farrelly is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His practice includes drawing, collage, mail art and performance. Recurring subject matters in the work include architecture, administration to personal inventory. Autonomy and agency are recurring themes.

Farrelly studied fine art at the National College of Art and Design NCAD) in Dublin and LUCA Arts (Sint-Lukas) in Brussels. He has lived and worked for extended periods in Paris and Dallas where he was artist in residence at Galerie W and The University of Texas, respectively. Exhibition highlights include Museum of Contemporary Textile Art (Tournai), Museum of Contemporary Art (Banja Luka), Parking Projects (Tehran), Central Trak (Dallas), Crawford Municipal Art Gallery (Cork),Royal Institute of Architects (Dublin) and 500X (Dallas). Collaborative initiatives include a feature length film project entitled Glue with Oisin Byrne and the Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence with Chris Dreier.


Gary Farrelly
1983, Dublin, Ireland

Live and works in Brussels, Belgium


2015/2017 MFA, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2002/2006 BFA, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Upcoming/ Current

2018 ‘Bau036 – a groupshow from Antwerp by baumusik & friends’, Gold + Beton, Cologne (until November 3rd)
2018 ‘Tunnel Lottery’ (performance), Gold + Beton, Cologne (November 3rd)

Selected Past  Exhibitions

2018 ’20 Propositions’, Salzburger Kunstverein
2018  ‘Letters of Last Resort’, Damian and the Love Guru, Brussels
2018 ‘State of Statelessness’, ISELP Institut Supérieur pour l’Étude du Langage Plastique, Brussels
2018 ‘The Collection of Foreign Art of MSURS’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka
2018  ‘Jonge Kunstenaars 2017′, Directeurswoning, Roeselare
2017  ‘Currents 5- I  spy I spy a little lie’, Marres Center for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2017  ‘a hard place’, 500X Gallery, Dallas
2017  ‘Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Fruit Solutions’, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2017  ‘Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Fruit Efficiency’, RO2 Art, Dallas
2017  ‘Reviewing Authorship’, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2016  ‘Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Low Hanging Fruit’, Grölle Pass Project, Wuppertal
2016  ‘Heimatplan’, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2016  ‘Neue Heimat’, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin
2016  ‘Ultramodern’, Galerie Lisi Haemmerle, Bregenz
2016  ‘ONE on ONE’, Clovis XV, Brussels
2016  ‘Sturm der Liebe’, Establishment d’en face, Brussels
2016  ‘Nur Nicht Nach Hause’, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin
2015  ‘Gary Farrelly, Policy Documents’, Museum Quality, New York
2015  ‘Recherches 15′, TAMAT Center for Contemporary Textile Art, Tournai
2015  ‘Glue : Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly’, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2014 ‘Exceptionalities: The New Trends of the Future Permanent Exhibition’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka
2013  ‘Going Postal’ (Michael Corris, John Pomora, Sam Schonzeit and Gary Farrelly), RE Gallery, Dallas
2012  ‘Control Tower’, Parking Projects, Tehran
2012  ‘Gary Farrelly, Terminal Compositions’, RO2 Art, Dallas
2010  ‘The Non-Profit Margin’, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas
2010  ‘Gary Farrelly, Great Development’, Guerilla Arts, Dallas
2009  ‘International Roaming Biennial’, Parking Projects, Tehran
2009  ‘Gary Farrelly, Kunstbureaucracy’, Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris
2008  ‘Plans, Sections and Elevations’, Royal Institute of Architects, Dublin
2007  ‘(C)artography: Map-Making as Artform’, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
2007  ‘Don’t Cry Work’, The Back Loft, Dublin
2007  ‘Gary Farrelly, Obsessive Territories’, this is not a shop, Dublin
2006  ‘Graduate Exhibition’, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
2006  ‘Gary Farrelly, Saddam International Airport’ studio 6- Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin
2005  ‘Quadrant Contemporaries 2005′, Bell Table Arts Centre, Limerick
2004  ‘Rejoyce 100′, National Print Museum, Dublin

Awards/ Funding

2017  Highest grade in the MFA program, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels (BE)
2017  Jonge Kunstenaars 2017 showcase of recently graduated talent (BE)
2017  Financial assistance from the University of Texas Dallas (for a hard place project) (USA)
2015  Culture Ireland funding (IRE)
2014  Research funding from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (for TAMAT residency) (BE)
2014  Artist support grant, Fingal County Council (IRE)
2013  First prize in the Uniquely Dublin Competition (Dublin City Council) (IRE)

Artist talks/ Workshops/ Screenings/ Other operations

2018 Studio intervention and Mail Art workshop  at  La Cambre / Ecole nationale supérieure des visuels,
Brussels in collaboration with Texas Womens University, Dallas.

2017  Glue, a feature length film collaboration with Oisin Byrne. A preview of the film was shown at
Goldsmiths University, London earlier this summer. Film festival dates to be announced

2017  a hard place- a curatorial commission from the University of Texas, Dallas to create an exhibition
with artists and architects in a dialog about the legacy of post-war architecture

2017  Regular contributor/ on air broadcast announcements on the Sonic Assembley Pour Hour program for
KUZU Radio in Dallas (ongoing)

2016  The fool, the fools, the fools, an art and politics conference with Sarah Browne, John Welshman,
Brian Maguire, Aneta Szylak and Gary Farrelly, St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane

2016  Walking tour of Galerie Ravenstein shopping mall a performance produced in collaboration
with Etablissement d’en face, Brussels

2015  Stop! A short film collaboration with Oisin Byrne screened Schwarzwaldallee in Basel.

2014  Studio intervention and Mail art workshop at La Cambre / Ecole nationale supérieure des visuels,
Brussels in collaboration with Tarrant County College, Fort Worth.

2013 Øy Paviljong, a pop up bar, installation and performance executed on a tiny island (40 m2) on the
Slidre Fjord in Valdres, Norway. The project was a collaboration with Oisin Byrne

2013 Radical science guide to Dublin City, a short film collaboration with Oisin Byrne. The film won first
prize in the inaugural Uniquely Dublin design competition

2013 Cover and interior sleeve artwork for Where I Come From– a 3 disc album by Irish folk singer Christy Moore
released by Columbia Records

2012 Spin Off: Graphic Texts, panel discussion with Dr. Marshall Armintor, Gary Farrelly, Noah-
Fleisher and Charles Dee Mitchell at the MAC, Dallas

2010 ART WORK: A Local Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics symposium hosted by
Michael Corris and Carolyn Cortor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

2002 Cover and interior sleeve artwork for Burning Times– an album by Irish folk singer Christy Moore
released on the Sony International label


2015: TAMAT, Centre contemporain des arts textile de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
2014: Atelierhaus Hilmsen, Molzberger Academy of Fine Arts, Salzwedel, Germany
2010: Centraltrak, University of Texas artist in residency program, Dallas, USA
2007: Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin, Germany
2007: Galerie W, Paris, France

Recent Critical Response

Metropolis M , eindexamens 2017 (NL)
Gary Farrelly – intuïtief archief van Tamara Beheydt

Perspektive Magazine, 88/89, 2017 (AT)
Der OJAI- Transparency Act
Literary collaboration with D Holland-Moritz

#AI Magazine/ The Art Review, winter 2017 (IT)
La frutta sui rami più bassi
Interview conducted by ScAle Arcjitects

Tagesspiegel, 10.03.2016 (DE)
Global egal – Matthias Reichelt sieht sich mit schrägen Statistiken konfrontiert
Chris Dreier und Gary Farrelly: Fruit Solutions

TAZ, taz.plan, 23.02.2016 (DE)
“Wir haben keine Geheimnisse”: Selbstinstitutionalisierung in der Post-Bürokratie
Chris Dreier und Gary Farrelly: Fruit Solutions von Noemi Molitor

Der Standard, 18 .08.2016 (AT)
“Ultra Moderne”: Wohnen in der Kaffeemaschine. Zur Ausstellung “Ultra Moderne”
in der Bregenzer Galerie Lisi Hämmerle von Christa Benzer

Infra- Eireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland (2015) (IRE)
‘roads: ‘We must have motorways’ – Ireland, the highway and Modernity’, Denis Linehan



2016: “Auf dem Gipfel der Bürokratie”, review, Anne Grages, Westdeutsche Zeitung 3.11.2016.
2016: ‘”Ultra Moderne”: Wohnen in der Kaffeemaschine’, review, Christa Benzer, Der Standard 12.8.2016.
2016: ‘Wenn die Moderne wieder modern ist’, review, Ariane Grabber, Vorarlberger Nachrichten 21.7.2016.
2016: ‘Bureau #304: Gary Farrelly and Brussels’, feature story, Rachel Donnelly, Totally Dublin, issue 142: July.
2016: ‘roads: ‘We must have motorways’ – ireland, the highway and Modernity’, Denis Linehan. extract from: Infra- Eireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland 2015 (ed. Gary A. Boyd, John Mclaughlin) [Ashgate].
2016: ‘Die Architektur der Nachskreigsmoderne, review, Daniel Diekhas, Westdeutsche Zeitung 25.01 2016.
2016: ‘Kunst uber Hauser in der “Zwitschermaschine”, review, Matthias, Tagesspiegel, 23.01.2016.
2015: ‘Policy Documents’, exhibition catalogue, edited by Suzi Teo, Museum Quality, NYC.
2015: ‘Matière, forme et idée’ review, Michel Voiturier, Flux News.
2015: ‘Recherches 15′, curators essay for exhibition catalog, jean-pierre vlasselaer, TAMAT.
2015: ‘Oisin Byrne: Gary Farrelly’, curatorial statement, Oisin Byrne, Grölle Pass Projects.
2015: ‘Gesichter, Fahrscheine und Visionen bei Grölle’, review, Anne Grages, WestDeutche Zeitung.
2014: ‘Kunstbürokrat schreibt an Museen’, interview, A. Pelczarski,  Salzwedel Volkstimme.
2013: ‘Flann O’Brienesque Film Scoops Dublin Award’, Colin Gleeson, The Irish Times 27.4.2013.
2013: ‘Letter Writing is an Art at RE Gallery’s Going Postal’, review, Betsy Lewis, Dallas Observer.
2013: ‘10 Things Dublin can learn from Radical Science’, interview, Karl McDonald, Totally Dublin.
2012: ‘Conversations in the void’, Joshua von Ammon and Frank Darko, Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau.
2012: ‘Gary Farrelly at RO2’, preview, Todd Camplin, Modern Dallas.
2012: ‘We’re Experiencing Visual Turbulence’, review, Jamie Laughlin, Dallas Observer.
2012: ‘Surface Play/ Ready to Depart’, review, Peter Simik, D Magazine.
2012: ‘A portrait of the artist as a gay man’, interview, Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice.
2011: ‘Notes on the naming process in-between Antonio Negri and Quentin Meillassoux’, essay to accompany the exhibition All roads lead to Neustern, Joseph Noonan Ganley.
2011: ‘A portrait of the artist as autonomous coastal city state’, curators essay, All roads lead to Neustern, Donna Marie O’Donovan.
2011: ‘The new obsessive’, interview, Rosa Abbott, Totally Dublin.
2011: ‘Gary Farrelly’, Permanent Culture Magazine, issue 2.
2010: ‘Unhinged Victory’, Permanent Culture Magazine, issue 1.
2010: ‘Art, Money and Labor at CentralTrak’, Jerome Weeks, Art and Seek.
2010: ‘The Non-Profit Margin – artwork addresses the current economic crisis’, Pegasus News.
2010: ‘The Non-Profit Margin’, review, Erin Starr White, ArtLies Magazine, November issue.
2009: ‘Kunstbureaucracy’, review, Montmartre Magazine, March issue.
2009: ‘Kunstbureaucracy’, review, 18 Magazine – Paris.
2009: ‘Podpeinturdézenfants’, review, Milk Magazine – Paris, March issue.
2007: ‘The Aesthetics of Administration – Duality and conflict in the art objects of Gary Farrelly’, curatorial essay, Pádraic E. Moore.
2007: ‘Don’t Cry Work’, review, Aidain Dunne, The IrishTimes, 21/2/07.
2007: ‘Don’t Cry Work’, curators essay for exhibition catalog, Padraic. E. Moore,
2007: ‘Non/Autonomous Art is a mission demanding complete fanaticism’, Padraic. E. Moore, VAI Printed Project Issue 8.
2007: ‘Ich bin ein Berlinner’, Neil Dowling, Totally Dublin.
2007: ‘Cartography – Map making as art form’, exhibition catalogue, Crawford Gallery.
2006: ‘Defast and Defurious’, interview, Neil Dowling Totally Dublin, June edition.
2006: ‘Quadrant’, curators essay, Anya Von Gosseln, The Belltable Arts Center.
2005: ‘The September Exhibition to mark by Ceremony the expansion of The Great Defastenist Empire’, review, Tim Stott, Circa Magazine.
2005: ‘The September Exhibition…’, essay and pamphlet, Padraic. E. Moore.

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