In his installations and exhibitions Ronan McCrea stages encounters between the rhetoric of the photographic image and various historical resonances, symbolic social spaces, and institutional formations. This is elaborated across contexts such as pedagogy in MATERIAL(s) (2016), School Play (2008) and Autodidact (2011); corporate space in Medium (Corporate Entities) (2008/15); the novel in Medium (Upsidedown) (2007); civic space and architecture in New Town Centre Project 2009; autobiography in Sequences, Scenarios & Locations (2003/05); historical memory in Projection (Baton Charge) (2013): and even the institution of photography itself in Venn (Fragments after a lecture on the history or photography, in two parts) (2012).
Solo exhibitions and projects include Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2016/2013/2011); Enclave Gallery, London (2014); School Play public art project (2008); Gallery for One/Goethe-Institut Dublin (2007); The Twentieth Century public art project (2005); Galway Arts Centre (2004); Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2003); Glassbox Paris (2002), Expo 2000, Hanover (2000); Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin [with Paul O’Neill] (2000); Context Gallery, Derry (1998); Pearse Museum, Dublin (1994).
In 2005 McCrea was one of seven artists who represented Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale. Other group exhibitions include We Are Center, CCS Bard College, New York (2016), We are (Epi)center, P! Gallery, New York, Fragments, IMMA Dublin (2015), Exiles, Lab Gallery Dublin 2013, Last Day, Cartel London (2012), To Pay Respect to the Generosity of the Three-Minute Punk-Rock Song, Crate Project Space Margate (2011), Gracelands, Co. Leitrem (2011), We are Grammar, Pratt Manhatten Gallery, NY,(2011), Sinopale 3, Sinop, Turkey (2010), School Days, Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2010-11); Moving Buildings, Cobra Museum, Amstellveen (2011), Coalcese: Happenstance, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009); Nameless Science, Apexart, NY (2008); Red White Blue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NY (2005); La-La Land, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2005) No-one else brings me the colours that you bring, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2004; Permaculture, Project Arts Centre (2003); Grayscale/CMYK, Tramway, Glasgow (2002); A Timely Place… London Print Gallery, London (2001).
Ronan McCrea studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, holds a PhD from University of Ulster and is currently Lecturer in Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.) He is represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.