press release

Green On Red Gallery is delighted to announce The Driver and the Passenger, Dennis McNulty’s second solo exhibition in the gallery. The exhibition will include all new works in a variety of media that draw on sources from other architectures and other epochs, while responding to the gallery space. There is a fragmentation in the treatment of his subject that is both stylistic and philosophical. A series of locations are at the heart of The Driver and the Passenger. An iconic modernist house in New Canaan, Connecticut; a slowly decaying inner city furniture shop; an unincorporated town on the Pennsylvania turnpike; a social housing complex in London; a huge unblockable hole under the sea and the drowned foundations of an abandoned construction project in Dublin city centre. We are presented with a series of scenarios - physical manifestations of the turbulent forces that compete to generate the complexity of the contemporary moment.

The Driver and the Passenger presents a kind of speculative fiction. The processes which produced these scenarios are extrapolated and bent until their logic collapses. Light and sound share the space with reinforced concrete, glass, steel, plywood, aluminium and perspex. Temporal and spatial projections create fleeting moments of equilibrium which then dissolve in the face of new crises, new catastrophes, new complexities. Obscure flows boil underneath. The slow grinding of the physical world simultaneously slows down and speeds up. Certain surfaces remain transparent and impenetrable, while others yield easily. The visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible exchange places.

The passenger turns to the driver, reading from an unfolded sheet of A4 paper. ''In this show McNulty presents a number of works which have been produced over the last year or so.'' The driver looks over at the passenger and smiles as they accelerate up the slip-road onto the motorway.

The gallery will host a live performance, Ghosts of the garden city, on Thursday, 28 October, at 9pm, a collaboration between architectural historian Ellen Rowley, musician David Donohoe and the artist. The piece takes Rowley’s research into Twentieth century Irish Modern architecture as a starting point, with Donohoe creating a live soundtrack to accompany her descriptions of some of the startling images she has unearthed in the course of her research.

Dennis McNulty is an artist based in Dublin. His current and recent exhibitions include work in Mixtapes, The Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Surface and Reality, Kilkenny Arts Week, 2010, Kilkenny and Nothing is Impossible, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He will show in The Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven in The Bureau for Open Culture, Columbus, Ohio in 2011. Dennis represented Ireland at the 2004 São Paulo Biennial. He has exhibited in Void Gallery, Derry and exhibited in the UK, France, Japan, Brazil and Colombia.

Dennis McNulty
The Driver and the Passenger