Conor McGrady

Peripheral Vision

Drawings, 2014 

Center for Jerusalem Studies - Al Quds University (Hammam el-Ein)

This recent work is focused on the idea of enclosure, and examines architecture as a means of containment and control that operates to affect a sense of social order. An ongoing series of drawings reference structures that are built to enclose, encapsulate or fortify. They refer to the desire for progress on one hand, and the need to repress, exclude, contain or remove on the other. The structures depicted reference the architecture of prisons, bunkers and military installations; dense, constricted spaces that embody the language of armour and operate as literal and metaphorical iterations of ideological enclosure. These works fuse the modernist vision of architecture as an indicator of social progress with that of the military installation. Here, hybrid architectonic structures manifest the language of force, protection and fortification, becoming brutalist enclosures or quasi-monumental edifices that function as receptacles of power, and operate as defensive bulwarks against its loss.

Conor McGrady

(1970, Downpatrick)


Conor McGrady received a BA (Hons.) from the University of Northumbria, UK, and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work examines the relationship between ideology and the politics of spatial control.


He has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York; the Biennale of Contemporary Art, D-0 Ark Underground, Sarajevo-Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of 'Curated Spaces' in the journal Radical History Review, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007), State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011) and State in Time (Društvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012).


As Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art, he currently lives and works in Burren, Ireland.


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