until 26.03. | #1054ARTatBerlin | Laura Mars Gallery shows from 11th February 2017 the exhibition “Fruit Solutions” by the artists Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly.
The Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence presents „Fruit Solutions“
In 2015 Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly founded an internationally operating organisation, “The Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence”, OJAI for short. There each of both founding members has accepted an office: Chris Dreier has the seat of the „Director for Financial Research and Systemic Risk“ and operates from Berlin, whereas Gary Farrelly holds the post of the „Director for Administrative Heritage“ at the EU‐metropolis of Brussels where he supervises the „Self Inventory Desk“. By this very special method of self‐instutionalisation and with the aim of the bureaucratisation of human experience both artists have jointly created a modular system in which they are allowed to incorporate all their activities and obsessions like documents are being clipped into a filing cabinet. The main focus of the artistic alliance, which is very serious and full of humour at the same time, is on a jointly cultivated euphoria for modernism. Wether it be in the area of architecture, of infrastructure, in the sector of financial concerns or in the field of information processing – progress and rationality are the core elements of their work.
The office as an art installation: OJAI at Laura Mars Gallery
As there are so many links and interferences between the ideas of Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly, it is more than self‐evident that they aim for nothing less than a Gesamtkunstwerk. In regular intervals both artists meet for meticulously planned summit conferences in Brussels and in Berlin. In this context they go on excursions and they also decide on their further activities. Finally they publish the time schedules and the results of each summit on the official homepage of the OJAI.
Last year a representative proportion of the world population was asked by OJAI about their attitudes towards politics, finance, romanticism and towards material issues. The results of this survey are going to be presented not only in the form of diagrams and graphs, they also constitute the basis of a sound performance that is going to be presented by the artists. With their noise‐band named Dexia Defunct they run a musical spin‐off of the OJAI‐project, supported by Frank Lohmeyer, a musician who is specialized in electronic sounds. He has created an electronic database which makes it possible to relate every single answer given in the survey to a very special sound. (concert at the opening)
Gary Farrelly: Director for Administrative Heritage and Self Inventory Desk
Gary Farrelly, who was born in Dublin, has already been practising the art of self‐institutionalisation for a number of years. Power, control and the question of how to preserve your autonomy as an individual are some of the themes he deals with in his work. He sees his own body as a kind of state, including a strictly controlled infrastucture, for which he periodically designs a 2 Year Development Plan. Therefore Gary Farrelly’s life can be regarded as an admistrative non‐stop performance. The documentation and the results of this kind of selfgovernment flow into his artistic work while he uses a range of different media like e.g. the collage. The system that combines all the different elements and which sets them in motion is the so‐called „mail art”. The “Director for Administrative Heritage”, who is fascinated by tightly organised and engineered processes, by efficient infrastructures and by rationally coordinated systems, is absolutely enthused about railway stations, airports, airplanes, pedestrian tunnels and last but not least the postal service. Transport systems and infrastructures are not only the subjects of his collages, he also uses them and incorporates them in his artistic non‐stop performance: elaborately addressed and franked he sends some of his works by post, namely in a way that they pass through countless machines and hands without being protected by an envelope. Thus in all their robustness they finally can’t hide the long journey they were sent on. Usually his graphics consist of a mixture of collage and drawing and show functional architecture, often combined with charts and lists. He uses stamps, lettering stencils, Letraset rub‐off letters and his light blue mechanical typewriter, also to address his mail art. When these oversized postcards have been stamped and perhaps even been signed with a remark by a post office clerk, Gary Farrelly has reched his goal: he has blurred the bounderies between fictional and actual bureaucracy. Moreover, the examination of writing, language and of modular and iterative systems led Farrelly to embroidery stitches. With his so‐called “Quasi‐autonomous Stitch”, which is developed by himself and officially registered, he embroiders postcards that show his favourite buildings. In doing so he delves into all the different details of the buildings.
Chris Dreier: Director for Financial Research and Systemic Risk
The experimentation with different kind of music, noise and sounds plays an important role in the artistic work of Chris Dreier. She is a member of the electronic music and noise groups Burqamachines and Spade Love and was formerly a member of Die Tödliche Doris . In 2015 she founded the duo “Dexia Defunct” with Gary Farrelly, named after an abandoned bank building in Brussels. Since 1999 she has been experimenting with selfconstructed pinhole cameras. In this way she creates photographies that deal with war, destruction and decay, especially with the decay of buildings that date back to the post‐war modernist era. In recent years she increasingly concentrated her research on the area of financial markets and crises, on the special language of the financial world and on its inscrutable and over‐bureaucratized systems. In the form of photography, installations, embroidered tapestries and paintings Chris Dreier shows the results of her research. Moreover her fascination for architecture and economy is a continuous element of her video work and her noise music.
Excerpt from a text by Julia Zinnbauer
Vernissage: Friday, 10th February 2017, 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 11th February to Sunday, 26th March 2017Zur Laura Mars Gallery
Image caption: Gary Farrelly + Chris Dreier OJAI Ausstellung „Low Hanging Fruit“, Galerie Grölle, Wuppertal, 2016
Copyright Fotos: Ann-Christin Freuwörth Courtesy Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
Exhibition Chris Dreier + Gary Farrelly – Laura Mars Gallery – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin