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Born in Mullingar, Co. Meath, Mark Garry is driven by a fundamental interest in observing how humans navigate the world and the subjectivity inherent in these navigations. He uses a variety of media and mechanisms in his practice, primarily focusing on institution-based installations. These delicate site-specific installations are measured and meticulous systems of construction, combining physical, visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, creating arrangements of elements that intersect the space and form relationships between a given room and each other. They incorporate a specific range of natural and craft materials and processes such as plants, thread, beads, woodcarvings and manufactured materials such as coloured contact, origami, and mechanical musical mechanisms.

Recent solo exhibitions include An Afterwards, Luan Gallery, Athlone (2017); A New Quiet, Royal Hibernian Academy (2015); Lafayette Projects, Marseille; City Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; The Model, Sligo (all 2014); ENart Taichung, Taiwan (2013); Cave, Detroit (2011); MiMA, Middlesbrough; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (both 2009) and Douglas Hyde Gallery (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Hennessy Art Fund, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Dada Post, Berlin (both 2017); A Certain Kind of Light, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2017); Some thing as a line, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2016); Paper for the Sky, INTERSTATE PROJECTS, Brooklyn; Exiles, The LAB, Dublin; Island, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena (2013); All Humans Do, White Box, New York and The Model, Sligo (2012); Unrealised Potential, VOID, Derry; De l’émergence du Phénix, curated by Caroline Hancock, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (both 2011); Reverse Pedagogy, The Model, Sligo; The Hugh Lane (both 2009) and Exquisite Corpse, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2008).Mark Garry was one of the artists that represented the Republic of Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

Mark Garry was selected for the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2017.

Residency Profile

Studio 6A
October 2006 – February 2007
Installation/curatorial practice

Mark Garry has a site-specific installation practice concerned with devising methods that engage with and navigate viewers through physical spaces.  These installations combine visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, which create arrangements of elements that intersect the space and relate to the physical ergonomics of the space and each other.  Garry uses a range of natural and craft materials such as thread, beads, coloured paper, origami, plants and a variety of methodologies to dynamically transform these materials in such a way as to delicately intersect the space and leave open the possibility of imaginative responses to the visual, spatial and associative interactions created by the materials.  Garry places more emphasis on the possibilities of non linguistic forms of subjective subliminal perception and interaction.  The work enables situations where the relationship between metaphorical signifiers can never be defined simply.  It aims to create interactions that negate obvious simple linguistic contextualization and definition in order to encourage a broader more diverse form of communication.

Recent exhibitions by Garry include Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2006), Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2006), Venice Biennial, Scuola di San Pasquale, Italy (2005) and recent curated exhibitions include Plane: Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2006) and Borderline: 4 Gallery, Dublin (2005).

The Process Room

Mark Garry’s work was shown in the Process Room, West Wing Galleries first floor from 6 November until 13 November 2007.