Duncan Ganley

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Art
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Duncan's main field of practice and research is in lens-based media and installation. His work has been acquired by various corporations and institutions, including Deutsche Bank and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Duncan's research imperatives are focused on the extent to which our experience of the real is informed by the language of fiction. Utilising the forms of the photograph, the screen and the museum, his work investigates how our knowledge, understanding and reaction to cultural phenomena is being constantly re-framed, distorted and fragmented.

By adopting the role of 'Archivist/Researcher', Duncan's work investigates the fictive lives of a film director, actress and movie studio. Extrapolating this narrative in each subsequent installation / body of work, various aspects of the mythologies of the director's great, unfinished (and unseen) films, are presented. By re-contextualising these 'cultural fragments' (photographs, film posters, objects, film clips) using the forms of institutional presentation, photographic series or documentary film, the works and their mode of address act as both visual framework and self-referential critique.

His recently completed one-hour docudrama film 'midnight, mid-Atlantic...' following an artist's residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, has been screened in the USA. He is currently developing ideas toward a new film work through research at the Eadweard Muybridge Archive in London. His work has been recently published in the fine art and literary journal 'Gulf Coast', published by the University of Houston. He is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston, USA.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2006 Faculty Travel Grant, Glassell School of Art, Houston, USA.

2001 Eliza Randall Prize, The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

2000 Eliza Randall Prize, The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

1999 Artist Award, Scottish Arts Council, UK.

1999 Research Grant, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK.

1995 Artist Grant, Edinburgh District Arts Council, Edinburgh, UK.

1994 Artist Award, Bancroft Clark Trust, Somerset, UK.

1993 Watt Club Medal, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

Selected recent publications

Journal articles and chapters in books

2011 'Duncan Ganley - Location Shots', Gulf Coast, Vol 24, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2012. (University of Houston, Houston, USA)

2008 Havel, Joseph et al (ed): 'Core: Artists and Critics in Residence', pub May 2008. (Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA) ISBN: 978-0-89090-162-5

Newspaper and periodical pieces in the non-academic press

Watson, Kate: 'I Am Not So Different at Art Palace', glasstire.com, July 2009.

Baldwin, Fred et al (ed): 'Fotofest Fine Print Auction', exhibition catalogue, Mar 2008

French, Christopher: 'midnight, mid-Atlantic', Art Papers, May 2007.

Kersulis, Nicholas: 'Duncan Ganley - midnight, mid-Atlantic', Artlies 54, June 2007.

Britt, Douglas: 'Perfectly Preposterous', Houston Chronicle, Apr 2007.

French, Christopher: 'Impossible Exchange', glasstire.com, Oct 2006.

West, Christine Jelson: 'Location Shots, Double Exposure', ArtsHouston, Apr 2004.

French, Christopher: 'In From the Edge-Media Art Houston', ArtsHouston, Apr 2004.

Devine, John: 'Glassell Faculty Exhibition', ArtsHouston, Nov 2004.

Havel, Joseph et al (ed): 'Faculty Exhibition', exhibition catalogue, Sept 2004. (MFAH, Houston)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

(In planning) Meeting Muybridge (working title), Stanley Picker Gallery, London, UK.

2007 midnight, mid-Atlantic..., Inman Gallery, Houston, USA.

2004 Location Shots, Inman Gallery, Houston, USA.

2002 Millennium Panic, Firestation 3, Houston, USA.

2002 Duncan Ganley - Endless Filmset 2, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, USA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

(In planning) Unphotographable, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, USA.

2011 Second Nature, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

2009 I Am Not So Different, Art Palace, Austin, USA.

2008 Learning by Doing, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

2008 Inman Gallery at PULSE, PULSE-New York, New York, USA.

2007 Photo Forum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

2006 Impossible Exchange, Lawndale Artcenter, Houston, USA.

2005 A Thousand Words, Inman Gallery, Houston, USA.

2005 Inman Gallery at ART:LA, Art:LA, Los Angeles, USA.

2004 Character Studies, UTSA Gallery, San Antonio, USA.

2004 Faculty Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Houston, USA.

Work in collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, USA.

Deutsche Bank, USA.

Minute Maid Corporate Collection, USA.

Private Collections.