Decline and Fall | Conor McGrady at NUI Galway

10 January to 30 April

The works in this exhibition examine architecture as an ideological signifier. They include paintings of monuments, shrines, and mausoleums, and drawings of prisons. In both cases, architecture operates as a form of enclosure and effects a sense of hegemonic order, representing individual power in the form of the funerary monument and state power in the form of the prison.

Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate, 2015).

Staff Club, Quadrangle, NUI Galway