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Gary Farrelly’s work is characterised by a recurring obsession with infrastructure, bureaucracy and the architecture of power. Manifestations of the practice include drawings, documents, performances, installations and a radio show. A monocratic voice is ever present, animating the material with idiosyncratic information, forecasts and  pronouncements. Since 2015, a significant part of the work takes place in collaboration with German artist Chris Dreier, under the banner of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence – a coauthored, multi-nodal practice in the form of an intelligence agency. A strategy of self-institutionalisation is central to O.J.A.I., whereby ceremonies, terminologies and other sites of corporate and political authority are appropriated and reconfigured as tools for self-actualisation and resistance. Farrelly regularly joins forces with London based artist Oisin Byrne, most recently writing and performing monologues for Byrne’s first feature length film GLUE (2017).

Farrelly received his BA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and his MFA from LUCA School of the Arts in Belgium. His works have been exhibited, screened and performed in a number of international contexts including: Salzburger Kunstverein, UTD CentralTrak (Dallas), Marres- Centre for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht), Goldsmiths Centre for contemporary Art (London), Damien and The Love Guru (Brussels) and AAIR (Antwerp).  Together with Chris Dreier he produces a regular radio show for Cashmere Radio (Berlin) and Dublin Digital Radio.

 

Gary Farrelly b. Dublin 1983
Lives and works between Brussels and Dublin

EDUCATION
2021 | Post MA, Artistic Research, a.pass, Brussels
2017 | MA Hon Vrije Kunsten, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2006 | BA Hon Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES
2020 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2019 | Know Your Place (with Chris Dreier) Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), GCCA Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Lismore Castle Arts, Cork
2019 | High-rise Boyfriends/ Sullen Structures (with Chris Dreier), Galerie Bernau, Bernau
2018 | White paper on the abolition of Tunnels (with Chris Dreier), AAIR, Antwerp
2017 | Fruit Solutions (with Chris Dreier), Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2017 | Fruit Efficiency (with Chris Dreier), RO2 Art, Dallas
2016 | Low Hanging Fruit (with Chris Dreier), Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2015 | Policy Documents (solo exhibition), Museum Quality NYC, New York
2015 | Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2012 | Terminal Compositions (solo exhibition), RO2 Art, Dallas
2010 | Great Development (solo exhibition), Guerilla Arts, Dallas
2008 | Kunstbureaucracy (solo exhibition), Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES
2021 | Radiations, Sagacity, Brussels
2020 | Les choses d’ici bas, Galerie Duflon Racz, Brussels
2019 | Two of Hearts, SB34 The Pool, Brussels
2019 | Fallen empires and refound desires, Horst Festival, Vilvoorde
2019 | Festival van de Controle, CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt
2019 | HERE/THERE, Wexford Arts Center, Ireland
2018 | 20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
2018 | Letters of Last Resort, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels
2018 | State of Statelessness, ISELP, Brussels
2018 | [bau036]–a groupshow by baumusik, Gold + Beton, Cologne
2017 | Jonge Kunstenaars 2017, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare
2017 | Jonge Kunstenaars 2017, Carrington Gallery, Ghent
2017 | I spy, I spy a little lie, Marres-Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2017 | A Hard Place, 500X Gallery, Dallas
2016 | Neue Heimat, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin
2016 | Sturm der Liebe, Establishment d’en face, Brussels
2016 | Ultramodern, Galerie Lisi Hammerle, Bregenz
2016 | ONE on ONE, Clovis XV, Brussels
2016 | Nur Nicht Nach Hause, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin
2015 | Recherches 15, Musée de la Tapisserie, Tournai
2014 | EXCEPTIONALITIES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka
2013 | Going Postal, RE Gallery, Dallas
2012 | Control Tower, Parking Projects, Tehran
2010 | The Non-Profit Margin, CentralTrak Gallery, Dallas
2010 | International Roaming Biennial, Parking Projects, Tehran
2009 | 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! Objects and Occurrences Curated, The Back Loft, Dublin

DIVERSE EXPERIENCE
2021 | Sceneries Not Songs (radio commission), Radio Orsimanirana, curated by Parasite 2.0
2021 | Deambulations (sound commission), ‘keeping the ground of our being’, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2020 | Visiting Lecturer, Moldovan Academy of Arts, Theatre and Dance, Chisinau
2020 | Psychoanalysis “Post-truth”, interdisciplinary conference, Freud Museum, London
2020 | Resident radio presenter, No Tourists, DDR Dublin Digital Radio
2020 | Resident radio presenter, Cashmere Radio, Berlin
2020 | Narrator, Architecture Parlante, an audio book by Parasite 2.0, London/ Milan
2020 | Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (with Common Waves Collective), Tbilisi
2020 | Radioactivity/ Radio as Social Sculpture, Lenbachhaus, Munich
2019 | Co-director, European Conference of Institutional Ideators ECII (O.J.A.I.), Wuppertal
2019 | Co-organiser, Apero trans-pédé-gouine (inter-generational queer parties), Brussels
2019 | Radiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
2019 | Performance, Debates on Division (Gluklya and Anna Bitkina), Bozar, Brussels
2018 | FLAR Airwaves (with Feminist Land Art Retreat), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
2018 | Visiting Lecturer, La Cambre-Ecole Nationale Supérieure Arts Visuels, Brussels
2018 | Lecture Performance, I AM Dynamite , Dublin Fringe Festival
2017 | GLUE, feature film directed by Oisin Byrne starring Gary Farrelly, 52 min
2017 | Resident DJ, Soirées Chaudière (queer parties), Bokal Royale, Brussels
2017 | Resident radio presenter (with Chris Dreier), KUZU 92.9fm, Dallas, Texas
2015 | Visiting Lecturer, La Cambre-Ecole Nationale Supérieure Arts Visuels, Brussels
2015 | Co-founder of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Berlin/Brussels
2013 | Album Cover Artwork, Where I Come From – Christy Moore, Columbia Records

PUBLISHED WORK
2020 | Auditing Intimacy (with Chris Dreier and Carl Haase), published by Fantôme Verlag
2019 | Self-Institutionalisation Handook (with Chris Dreier and Carl Haase), Fantôme Verlag
2019 | Co-author: LISTEN (O.J.A.I.), limited edition spoken word vinyl LP, Dexia Defunct

PUBLICATIONS (featured)
2021 | BAE Big Art Energy, published by The Project Arts Centre, Dublin
2018 | The Collection of Foreign Art of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska
2017 | Exhibition Catalog: Marres Currents 5, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2015 | Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland 1916-2016, Ashgate
2015 | Recherches 15, TAMAT, Centre de la Tapisserie Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
2007 | Don’t Cry – Work! Objects and Occurrences Curated by Pádraic E. Moore, Dublin
2007 | Catalog: [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

RECENT CRITICAL RESPONSE
2021 | Texte Zur Kunst (DE) issue 122, June 2021 ‘Figuration’
2020 | Perspektive Magazine (AT) issue 100/101, review by D Holland. Morritz
2019 | Text commissioned by Lismore Castle Arts (IRE) ‘Homoludens‘ essay by Paul Clinton
2019 | Paper Visual Art (IRE) 11/11/2019. Essay by Gwen Burlington
2019 | Hyperallergic (USA) 1/2/2019, review by Rosa Abbott
2017 | Metropolis M (BE/NL), ‘eindexamens’ 2017 profile by Tamara Beheydt
2016 | Tagesspiegel (DE) 10/03/2016 review by Matthias Reichelt
2016 | TAZ (DE) 23/02/2016 review by Noemi Molitor

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
2018 | Three-month residency with stipend, AAIR, Antwerp
2015 | One-year residency with stipend, TAMAT, Tournai
2010 | Six-month residency with bursary, Central Trak, University of Texas, Dallas
2007 | Two-week residency with production budget, Gropiusstadt Pilot Projekt, Berlin

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