Darran McGlynn (born 1983) is an artist from Inishowen, Co. Donegal, who lives in Galway, Ireland. His practice incorporates sculpture, installation, appropriation, language, and various printed media. In February 2019 he presented Peers, his third solo exhibition, bringing together many elements of his multifaceted practice at Artlink, at the Inishowen tourist site of Fort Dunree. There is a notable sense of humour throughout his work that is combined with personal, social and political reflection.
"‘Peers’, the chosen title can usefully serve to indicate the gloriously limitless capacity for reflexivity within the contemporary condition in which ‘Appropriation has ceased to have a critical function or reading in and of itself. It is a given, a condition many young artists were born into (or after)’ (Matthew Thompson, ‘The Object Lost and Found.’ catalogue essay for The Anxiety of Photography. Aspen Art Museum, 2011) with the word ‘peer’ defining and situating the artist, the art and the audience as all mutually constitutive of a contemporary visual culture, rather than the artist, at one remove, making art as any form of subjective or exterior study." - Declan Sheehan, …to see what condition my condition was in…, (2019)
'There’s an obsession with borders that runs through much of McGlynn’s work. Not necessarily those of countries, more of personal and societal nature, though living in Ireland, issues of border are never far away. We are ‘packaged’ as people within blocks of data, processed by our leisure habits and put on lists according to our lifestyle and ability to pay. Sees the Day, Goes Home (2014) is again a playful mocking of our self-delusions of control. Bound (2015) does what it says on the tin. Bound by exactly what it leaves somewhat ironically open.
McGlynn has always had a way with words. His Derry is the New London (2013) t-shirt is still one of my favourite bits of subversive branding during the 2013 Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture Year. McGlynn’s work is notable in its use of humour to explore our relations with our surrounds. How we create our own little kingdoms. The blocks of life and how we survive (or don’t) within them. In Untitled (Lego) (2011) we literally see these blocks in a carpark of a chateau mocking its pretensions and somehow as modern internet parlance would have it, ‘owning it’.
The artist is aware of the ridiculous nature of our contemporary society but doesn’t take the easy way out and mock those (i.e. most of us) that have little real choice in how we interact with the powers that be. Instead he gently yet somehow quite savagely points out the flaws in a consumerism that mutates and changes even our concepts of society and nature.' - Gregory McCartney, 2015
In 2015 his neon text Sculptures of Horses Sell Well was selected by Mark Wallinger and Maoliosa Boyle for Horse, Void, Derry curated by Mark Wallinger and Maoliosa Boyle.
Darran also works as a freelance Art Technician throughout Ireland for; Maurice Ward Art Handling (2021 - present), Glebe House & Gallery, Donegal (2019 - present), Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (2019 - present), Roscommon Arts Centre (2019 - present), Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Galway (2017 - present), Nerve Visual, Derry (2017 - 2019) and Void, Derry (2013 - 2019).
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2010-13 BA(Hons) Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol (1st class honours)
2005-06 HND Music Production, NWRC, Derry (Distinction)
2018 Health & Safety in the Workplace, Global Horizon Skills
2018 L3 In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT), City & Guilds
2017 Advanced Technical Training for Art Technicians, with John Bracken of West Dean College, CCA, Derry
2009-10 Bronze Casting, Belfast Metropolitan College
2007-09 Stone Sculpture, Letterkenny Sculpture Centre
2019 Peers, Artlink, Fort Dunree, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
2015 You Are Here, Void Studios, Derry
2014 Sees The Day, Void Community Gallery, Derry
2019 The Walled City 400 Years Exhibition, Tower Museum, Derry
2015 Horse, curated by Mark Wallinger and Maoliosa Boyle, Void, Derry
2014 Joyless Celebration + Purposeless Inquiry, Void, Derry
2013 First Impressions, View Art Gallery, Bristol
2019 The Walled City 400 Years
Commissioned by Curator Declan Sheehan to create an interactive game for The walled City 400 Years commemoration supported by Derry City Council and The Nerve Centre
2019 The Eileen Walsh Show, Studio guest, Drive Live 105.5FM