Selected Works


Résumé / Bio

Gary Farrelly is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His practice includes drawing, collage, mail art and performance. The work ranges in subject matter from architecture and administration to personal inventory and autobiography. Autonomy and agency are recurring themes.

Farrelly received his bachelor’s degree in fine art at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, graduating in 2006. In 2017 he graduated top of his Master’s class at Sint-Lucas (LUCA Arts) in Brussels. He has 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) and Galerie Lisi Haemmerle (Bregenz). Collaborative initiatives include a feature length film project with Oisin Byrne and the Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence with Chris Dreier. Farrelly and Dreier also produce noise music collaboratively under the name Dexia Defunct. The artist is currently pursuing post-graduate studies at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.

2015: ‘Policy Documents’, Museum Quality, New York.
2012: ‘Terminal Compositions’, RO2 Downtown Projects, Dallas.
2011: ‘All roads lead to Neustern’, Galerie Modonov (pop-up gallery project), Dublin.
2010: ‘Great Development’, Guerilla Arts, Dallas.
2009: ‘Kunst Bureaucracy’, Galerie W, Paris.
2007: ‘Obsessive Territories’, This is not a shop, Dublin.
2006: ‘Saddam International Airport’, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.

2017: a hard place, 500X Gallery, Dallas.
2017: fruit efficiency (Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly), RO2 Art, Dallas.
2017: Reviewing Authorship (Graduation Show Visual Arts), LUCA Arts, Brussels.
2017: fruit solutions, Laura Mars Gallery (Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly), Berlin.
2016: low hanging fruit (Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly), Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal.
2016: Ultra Moderne, Galerie Lisi Haemmerle, Bregenz, Austria.
2016: ONEonONE (Stefan Banz, Ella de Burca, Gary Farrelly, David Lunney, Léa Mayer and Pope L), Clovis XV, Brussels.
2016: Neue Heimat (Matias Bechtold, Laure catugier, Chris Dreier, EVOL, Gary Farrelly, Alekos Hofstetter & Florian Göpfert, Carsten Nicolai, Tim Trantenroth und Julia Zinnbauer, curated by Alekos Hofstetter. ), Galerie Weisser Elephant, Berlin.
2016: Sturn der liebe, Établissement d’en face, Brussels.
2016: Heimatplan, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal.
2016: Nur Nicht Nach Hause, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin.
2015: Recherches 15, TAMAT Center for Contemporary Textile Art, Tournai.
2015: Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas.
2015: Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal.
2014: On Paper, RO2 Downtown Projects, Dallas.
2014: Iz/uzetnosti (Extraordinaries), MSURS Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka.
2014: Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas.
2013: Going Postal, RE Gallery, Dallas.
2012: Control Tower, Parking Gallery Projects, Tehran.
2010: The Non-Profit Margin, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas.
2009: Slick ArtFair, Le Centquatre, Paris.
2009: Monument Time, Scale Architects and University College Dublin.
2008: When will it end, Art Trail ’08, Cork.
2008: Urban Jealousy, Galerie Wallywood, Berlin & Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul.
2008: International Roaming Biennial, Parking Gallery Projects, Tehran.
2008: Plans, Sections and Elevations, Royal Institute of Architecture, Dublin.
2007: Cartography, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork.
2007: Les Artistes Cassents les Barracks, Fondation A3, Paris.
2007: Don’t Cry Work, The Back Loft, Dublin.
2006: Graduate Exhibition, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
2005: Quadrant 2005, Bell Table Arts Centre, Limerick.
2005: September Defastenist to mark by ceremony the expansion of the great Defastenist Empire, Dublin.
2005: Addressing the Shadow, CBGB 313, New York.
2005: Der Defastenkunstbunker, The Cultivate Center, Dublin.
2004: Rejoyce 100, National Print Museum, Dublin.

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.

2014/2015: 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: Artist in residence, Galerie W, Paris, France.

2014: Culture Ireland Award.
2014: Funded research year 2014/2015, Centre de la Tapisserie, des Arts Mureaux et des arts du tissu de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
2014: Artist’s Support Award, Fingal County Council.
2013: Uniquely Dublin Award, Dublin City Council.

2013: ‘Where I Come From’, Christy Moore, Sony Music Ireland.
2006: ‘Burning Times’, Christy Moore, Sony Music Ireland.

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