John Gerrard, Lufkin (Near Hugo, Colorado) 2009, 2009 (detail). Courtesy of the artist, Simon Preston Gallery, New York and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

16 February to 3 April 2011 – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in partnership with the Perth International Arts Festival presents the first Australian solo exhibition by highly acclaimed Irish artist John Gerrard.

Gerrard has fast gained international recognition for his innovative work with slow-moving animated images of stark landscapes, which he describes as ‘virtual sculptures’. The exhibition features meticulously created animated video works that depict in chilling realism infamous dust storms in Texas and Kansas during the 1930s, 24-hour circumnavigations of a fully automated pig farm in Kansas and the relentless movement of a lone oil derrick in Colorado. These scenes, which appear astonishingly real, are entirely fabricated by the artist and his studio using the new temporal medium of Realtime 3D, a technology principally employed by the gaming industry.
Born in Dublin in 1974, John Gerrard received a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. During this time he made his first experiments with 3D scanning as a form of sculptural photography. He undertook postgraduate studies at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Trinity College, Dublin, and in 2002 was awarded a Pépinières Residency at Ars Electronica, Linz, where he developed his first works in Realtime 3D.

In 2006, the artist discovered a single archival image of the North American Dust Bowl which has informed much of his research since. The first of the works to be produced in artistic response, titled Dust Storm (Dalhart, Texas) 2007, was presented in the group exhibition Equal, That Is, To the Real Itself, curated by Linda Norden at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, in 2007. Other group exhibitions include Infinitum at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, (2009), Academia at L’Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Paris (2008), Existencias at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2007), The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale at Seoul Museum of Art (2006) and Independents at the Liverpool Biennial (2004).

Recent solo presentations of Gerrard’s work include Oil Stick Work at Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2009), John Gerrard at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2008) and Dark Portraits at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2006, travelling to hilger contemporary, Vienna 2007). In June 2009 he began a guest residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.

John Gerrard lives and works between Dublin, Ireland, and Vienna, Austria. Recent solo exhibitions include Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Simon Preston Gallery, New York, and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Gerrard received a BFA from the School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University in 1997, and an MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.

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