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GREEN ON RED GALLERY presents Ronan McCrea - MATERIAL(s)

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1 Dec 2016 to 21 Jan 2017
Tues – Fri: 10 – 6pm / Sat: 1 - 4pm
Green On Red Gallery
Park Lane
Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
T: +353 1 671 3414

Ronan McCrea
December 1st 2016 - January 21st 2017

Artists in this exhibition: Ronan McCrea

Ronan McCrea

December 1st 2016 - January 21st 2017
Reception:  Thursday, December 1st, 6-8:00pm

Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce its third solo exhibition of new work by Ronan McCrea opening on Thursday, 1st December 2016 and running until to 21st January 2017. 

MATERIAL(s) is an installation of projected 16mm film-works and photography, bringing together recurrent concerns in McCrea’s diverse artistic practice.  These include investigations into the appropriated and found image, celluloid materiality, reproduction and indexicality, artistic and personal genealogies and the institutions and processes of pedagogy.

The starting point for this body of work is a collection of instructional 16mm films on mechanical engineering produced by the BBC in 1972.  Its scope covers educational documentaries on other topics, including a film about the sculptor Henry Moore.  All were salvaged by the artist from a college engineering department in the wake of film's obsolesce as a didactic tool.

Through a laborious process of cutting and splicing of this found material, McCrea draws on tropes taken from avant-garde Structural film - also from the 1970s - from the Cut-Up and from the procedures of early Conceptual art, re-constituting the fragments into new formations, with new affinities.  The resultant works, which are material objects as much as images, stage the apparatus of projection, looping and spectatorship in response to the scale and raw interior of the gallery’s architecture.  

Ronan McCrea (b. 1969, Dublin) is an artist working with photography, moving image, architecture and social space. He has been making exhibitions and projects in galleries, museums and public contexts for over twenty years. 

Selected exhibitions and projects include We Are Center, CSS Bard College New York (2016); Medium (Corporate Entities) 2008/15 in Fragments, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015); Venn/Chroma Enclave Gallery, London (2014); Exiles, Lab Gallery Dublin (2013); solo exhibitions at Green on Red Gallery (2013 & 2011); Autodidact screenings at Cologne Kunstverein and Cobra Museum, Netherlands (2011);  School Play a public art commission for a CETNS school in Dublin (2009);  We are Grammar, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, (2011); School Days, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2010-11); Sinopale 3, Sinop Biennial, Turkey (2010); Coalesce: Happenstance, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009); Nameless Science, Apexart, New York (2008); Ireland at the Venice,  52nd Venice  Biennale (2005);  general-specific  Project Arts Centre (2003);  Seminal Glassbox Paris (2002).  His work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, UCD, OPW, as well as numerous private collections. McCrea is a lecturer in Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).   Refuge, January 26 – Feburary 25, 2017, is the next exhibition at the gallery followed by Alan Butler's first solo exhibition at Green On Red Gallery in March 2017.

For further information please contact Jerome O Drisceoil
t. +353 87 2454282


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