Traces AIR Antwerpen

Gary Farrelly

Jul 2018 to Sep 2018
1983 °in Dublin, lives and works in Brussels

Gary Farrelly is invited for a residency of three months in the framework of the annual collaboration between AIR Antwerpen and RAVI Liège. During his residency Gary Farrelly continues to work on White Paper on the Abolition of Tunnels (official proposal for the abolition of tunnels). This work explores the possibility of using tunnel infrastructure as a site for performance and cultural intervention. The Fietserstunlle and Sint Annatunnel will be the starting point for his artistic investigation.

The practice of Gary Farrelly exists out of video, collage, mail art, textiles and performance. The work ranges in subject matter from architecture and administration to self-inventory and autobiography. Autonomy and agency are recurring themes. Farrelly’s work is frequently created in collaboration with German photographer Chris Dreier under the banner of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (OJAI). OJAI explores bureaucracy, administration and the self-generated institution as apparatus that ensures collective functioning. Their research focuses on power structures embedded in public architecture, and the agency of the self in society’s bigger narrative. The project has it’s origins in written correspondence between Dreier and Farrelly and mail remains central to the practice.
Besides Mail art- OJAI work is manifested in the form of surveys, field trips, publications, performances, videos and a radio show.

Farrelly studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and LUCA School of the Arts (Sint-Lukas) in Brussels. In 2010 he spent a year participating in Central Trak- The Univeristy of Texas artist in residency program in Dallas. In 2015 he won a year long funded research residency at TAMAT the Center for Contemporary Textiles in Tournai. He has created workshops based on his expertise in the field of mail art at La Cambre- L'École nationale supérieure des arts visuels (ENSAV) in Brussels and TWU- Texas Womens University in Dallas. Notheworthy exhibitions featuring the work have held at Marres- House for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht), ISELP (Brussels), Museum of Contemporary Art (Banja Luka), Parking Projects (Tehran), Crawford Municipal Art Gallery (Cork), 500X (Dallas) and Central Trak (Dallas),