b. 1972, Mullingar, Ireland.
Research-driven and multifacteed, Mary Garry’s practice is concerned with the cultural, physiological, associataive and perceptive characteristics that shape our understanding of the world and the subjectivity inherent in our negotiation of defined space. Garry integrates diverse media, apparatus and exhibition making strategies, often combined in a singular exhibition situation to form installations. These delicately considered, site-specific installations are measured and quiet, requiring meticulous systems of construction. They combine physical, visual, sensory and empathetic analogues, creating arrangements of elements that intersect the space and form relationships between a given room and each other. Although there are formal and aesthetic commonalities, each exhibition opportunity responds to a new set of conceptual criteria. This approach enables situations that are at once empathetic and spectacular, foregrounding the poetic over the didactic.
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).