|RO2ART // SEPT07 // 6-8PM
|Ro2 Art Gallery
1501 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
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|OJAI: FRUIT EFFICIENCY
by Chris Dreier and Gary Farrelly
August 26 – September 23, 2017
|In their upcoming Dallas exhibition, Farrelly and Dreier comment on the redundancies of
bureaucratic processes through the ongoing exchange of documentation within their
fabricated corporation. Their joint ability to record their personal obsessions through the
methodical organization of superfluous surveys and polls reflects their tongue-in-cheek
approach. Both members of OJAI take their positions very seriously, devoting much of
their time to drafting documents, filing papers, and mailing correspondence back
and forth between Brussels and Berlin. FRUIT EFFICIENCY is the third exhibition of OJAI’s
farcical content, presented as the company’s annual report.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Chris Dreier (1961) is a graduate of Visual Communications from Berlin's University of Art (UDK).
In the nineteen eighties, she was a member of experimental music group Die Tödliche Doris.
She continues to produce experimental music with band projects Burqamachines and Dexia
Defunct. Her visual artwork has been exhibited widely in Germany and beyond including
institutional shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Wroclaw, Poland), New Mexico
History Museum (Santa Fe) and Centre d'art Contemporaine (Brest, France).
Gary Farrelly (1983) studied fine art at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in
Dublin and LUCA Arts in Brussels. In 2010, he spent a year in Dallas during which time he
was an artist in residence at Central Trak and had a solo exhibition at Guerrilla Arts.
highlights include TAMAT The Center for Contemporary Textile Art (Tournai), Museum
of Contemporary Art (Banja Luka), Parking Projects (Tehran), Central Trak (Dallas) and
The Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (OJAI) is a performance and mail art based
collaboration involving Berlin artist Chris Dreier and Brussels based Gary Farrelly. In their work,
the duo engages in documentation and idiosyncratic research in a variety of fields including
economics, architecture and bureaucracy. The research is manifested as postal correspondence,
surveys, photo-documented field trips and maps. OJAI sound performances are inspired by
industry, conspiracy theories and major disasters.
Exhibitions of work by OJAI have taken place at GRÖLLE pass:projects in Wuppertal and
Galerie Laura Mars in Berlin. Performances and concerts have taken place at various
venues in Germany and Belgium including LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. Fruit Efficiency
is the third ever exhibition of OJAI material (the first to take place outside Germany).
The exhibition will include mail art, a performance and the publication of the
organization’s second Annual Report. The artists will also conduct a survey and
gather information about Dallas for use in an exhibition in Ireland next year.
Can You Get That To Me By Wednesday?
September 7 – October 10
Ro2 Art @ The Magnolia
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
|Ro2 Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Denton based painter, Austin Sparks,
entitled Can You Get That To Me By Wednesday? The series attempts to illustrate the
intricate nature of the human thought process, which is influenced by thousands of
varying feelings, judgements, and decisions each day. His paintings are littered with
random objects, ghostly shapes, and streaks of abstract color, visually capturing the vast
complexity of fleeting thoughts.
The opening reception will take place at The Magnolia Theatre’s Second Floor Bar on
Thursday, September 7th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Can You Get This To Me By Wednesday?
will be on view through October 10th at The Magnolia Theatre, located at 3699
McKinney Ave. Ste. 100 / West Village.
My work is about thought process. Specifically, my work is about the dysfunctional
organization of thought process. Any given day we go through thousands of thoughts
ranging from the intellectual to the mundane. My paintings are about trying to grasp
those thoughts in the form of an image.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Austin Sparks is a Texas based artist currently residing in Denton, where he attends the
University of North Texas for Drawing and Painting. Austin's work has been included in
several juried exhibitions around North Texas, including those at the Brickhaus Collective
and 500X. He is the winner of the Jo Williams Best of Show Award for his acrylic painting
'Living Room,' as well as Voertmans Prize. Austin is also a member of the Visual Arts Society