Leigh Bowery International Airport, 2012, water color and collage on paper
When historians look back at the early twenty-first century, they will likely describe our time as the era of the Information Revolution. And because so much data is being collected and processed, it was bound to catch the attention of artists. Gary Farrelly's upcoming show "Terminal Compositions," looks to be information heavy with images of terminals, statistics, cryptography, and maps; but not sterile or slick in design. Farrelly uses collage; an overworked, worn out look that manages to slow the viewer down. And after his visit as a resident with the University of Texas in 2010, I am glad to see him back, and showing with RO2 Galley.
Gary Farrelly has his roots with the Remodernist group Defastenism. This art collective broke onto the scene in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. Though Farrelly was part of this group, his work can also be connected to a great number more Informationist artists that rose out of the Conceptualist art movement of the 1960’s. People like Shannon Rankin, Carey Young, Robert Walden, Ashley Hunt, and Teddy Cruz to list just a few; all incorporate data as a means to convey ideas. Much of Farrelly’s work is hand crafted collage that looks old, yellowed or browned. These works remind me of the Dada images that had been cut and pasted; only fading has occurred and we experience those old pieces without the benefit being freshly made art work. So Farrelly simulates that same feeling of aged paper, because after all, information is out of date the moment it is published.
Since American Airlines and SouthWest play such an important role in the consciousness of DFW communities, Farrelly’s terminal collages have a particularly powerful punch. The planned airports take the names of some very interesting visual artists. “Leigh Bowery International Airport,” has a pretty standard airport design, which is incredibly odd, because Bowery was anything but standard. Bowery was completely outrageous, but when you slap a name on something like an airport, you are not really trying to reflect a personality. JFK International Airport doesn’t convey any real information about that president. And I am guessing Farrelly is pointing out this kind of miss match approach to naming things. A little Jacques Derrida visual language play going on here.
I am positive this will be a great show and the downtown project gallery of RO2 will be the place to be this Friday, November 9th. Gary Farrelly really has his finger on the world’s pulse and what runs through those veins is information.
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