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Artist

John Gerrard (1974) is best known for his commitment to large-scale works that take the form of real-time computer simulations, created in painstaking detail over the course of many months or years.
The works frequently refer to structures of power and networks of energy that have made possible the expansion of human endeavor in the past century.

Born 1974, North Tipperary, Ireland
Lives in Dublin, Ireland + Vienna, Austria

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2017 Western Flag, commissioned by Channel 4, presented by Somerset House, London
2016 John Gerrard, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2015 Exercise, Darmstadt Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany
2015 Farm, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK 
2014 Sow Farm, Rathole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Solar Reserve, Lincoln Centre in association with the Public Art Fund, NYC. USA.
2014 Dialogue (John Gerrard / David Claerbout), MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
2014 Exercise, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Exercise (Djibouti), Screenspace, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Pulp Press, Kistefos Museet, Norway (permanent install) 
2013 Cuban School, Galway Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland
2013 Exercise, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA
2012 Exercise (Djibouti) 2012, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
2012 John Gerrard, mima, Middlesbourgh / AV Festival, UK
2011 Infinite Freedom Exercise, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK
2011 Live Fire Exercise (in collaboration with Wayne McGregor) Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London UK
2011 Sow Farm. Galerie Schloss Damtschach, Damtschach, Austria
2011 Universal, Void Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland
2011 John Gerrard, Ivorypress, Madrid, Spain
2011 John Gerrard, PICA, Perth, Australia
2010 Cuban School (Community 5th of October), Simon Preston Gallery, New York
2010 Sow Farm : What You See is Where You're At / Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
2010 John Gerrard, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
2010 Oil Stick Work, Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Station, London, UK
2009 Directions : John Gerrard, Hirshhorn Museum + Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
2009 John Gerrard / Glenn Ligon, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada
2009 John Gerrard, Animated Scene, Collateral Event at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
2009 Oil Stick Work, Simon Preston Gallery, NY, USA
2009 Sentry, Knoedler Project Space, NY, USA
2008 John Gerrard / Joy Gerrard, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Dark Portraits, hilger contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2006 Dark Portraits, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2003 New Work, The Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
2000 30 Seconds of Desire, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Overture: Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, New York, USA
2017 Truth: 24 frames per second, Dallas, USA
2017 Virtual views: Thoma Foundation, Oralndo Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
2017 Galway International Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland, 2017
2017 Wormwood, Ellis King Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2017 A Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2017 I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
2017 Marching in Circles, Long March Space, Beijing, China
2017 Electricity, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
2016 Flag (Thames) 2016, Shanghai Biennial, Why Not Ask Again?, Power Station for Art, Shanghai, China
2016 Cuban School, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2015 Mankind / Machinekind. Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
2015 Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland
2015 Reset, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany
2015 Art Unlmited, Art Basel, Switzerland
2015 Boolean Expressions, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2015 Art In The Age Of...Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland
2015 Politics of Amnesia, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK
2015 Open Source, Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany 
2015 Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
2015 Creating Realities. Encounters between Art and Cinema, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany 
2014 The Surface of World: Architecture and the Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Pasay, Philippines
2014 Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
2014 The Space Where I Am, Blain Southern Gallery, London
2013 The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, (curated by Mark Leckey). Travelling to: Nottingham Contemporary and De la Warr Pavilion.
2013 The Everyday Experience, Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dublin, Ireland
2013 Coexist, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013 0 to 60, The Experience of Time in Contemporary Art. North Carolina Museum of Art, USA. 
2013 Out of the Ordinary, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. USA. 
2012 More Real, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA. 
2012 The Pursuit of Perfection, South London Gallery, London, UK
2012 Visions Fugitives, Le Fresnoy, France
2012 Marking Time, MCA Sydney, Australia
2012 Junge Akademie, Berlin, Germany
2012 To remind: works of memory and monument - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - MIMA, Middlesbrough
2012 Arrivi e Partenze Europa - Fondo Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
2011 Fragments in Time and Space, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
2011 Beyond (Look at my face: my name is Might Have Been; I am also called No More, Too Late, Farewell)  Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 20/20, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
2010 The Real Thing, Tate Britain, UK
2010 The Fifth Genre, Gallery Lelong, NY, USA
2010 Invited EV+A, Limerick, Ireland
2009 Infinitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venezia, Italy
2009 Huésped. Colección MUSAC en Rosario - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRo), Rosario, Argentina
2008 Mortail Coil, Parkers Box Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2008 Academia, la Chapelle de l'Ecole des beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2008 Landscape 08, The Dock Gallery, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
2008 10,000 to 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2008 Singing the Real, Eigse, Carlow, Ireland
2008 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, hilger contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2008 Navigating the Ether, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, USA
2007 Blown Away, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL , USA
2007 Are We There Yet, Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, NY, USA
2007 Existencias, Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain
2007 Singing the Real, Iziko-SA National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
2007 Equal, That Is, To The Real Itself (curated by Linda Norden) Marian Goodman Gallery, NY, USA
2007 Landscapism (curated by Joseph Wolin) The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA
2006 Digital Tales, The Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2006 The Genius of Place, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoake, USA
2006 Present Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy
2006 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
2006 Code Blue, Millenium Art Museum, Beijing, China
2006 Freeform, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2006 Human Touch, Sala Terrena, Salzburg, Austria
2006 Digital Transit, Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
2005 Simulcrum, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, USA
2005 Climax, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2005 Eurojet Futures Anthology, RHA, Dublin, Ireland
2005 The Institute of Potential Art + Failure, Carlow Visualise, Carlow, Ireland
2005 Bring on the Clones, Vertex List, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2004 Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
2004 Some Exhaust, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Eurojet Futures, RHA, Dublin, Ireland

Education

1994-97 BFA Sculpture, The Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
1998-00 MFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2000-01 MSc Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 
2009 Rijksakadamie, Independent Residency Program, Amsterdam, Holland

Residencies

2010 Junge Akadamie, Akadamie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2005 Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada
2004 Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz, Austria
2004 Irish Arts Council Leighton Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada
2003 Siemens Residency, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz, Austria
2002 Pepiniere Residency, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz, Austria

Selected Bibliography / Catalogues

Rhine Patrick (ed.), “John Gerrard, Power.Play”, UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016
Mackay, Robin (ed.), “Simulatione, Exercise, Operations”, Urbanomic, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9930458-6-B
Ayas Defne, Natasha Hoare, Adam Kleinman (eds.), “Art in the Age of… Witte de With Publishers”, 2015, ISBN 978-94-9143-543-0
Palithorpe, Baden (ed.), John Gerrard, “Exercise”, Screenspace, 2014, ISBN 978-0-987-578-488
Armstrong, Elizabeth (ed.), “More Real”, Minneapolis Institute of Art / Prestel, 2013, ISBN 978-3-7913-5230-5
Yoani Sanchez, Ed Keller, and Elena Ochoa Foster, “John Gerrard”, Ivory Press Publications, London, Monograph, 2011, ISBN 978-84-938340-3-6
“ev+a 2010 – matters”, ev+a catalogue, 2010, ISBN 978 0948037 788
Sharp, Jasper, Linda Norden, Michael A. Morris, and John Gerrard, “John Gerrard: Animated Scene”, RHA catalog, 2009, ISBN 978-3-85160-154-1
“In-Finitum”, Vervoordt Foundation in association with MER, Catalog, Ghent, Belgium: Paper Kunsthalle, 2009, ISBN 978-90-76979-82-3
Birnbaum, Daniel “Making Worlds: 53rd International Art Exhibition: La Biennale Di Venezia”, Catalog, 2009, ISBN 978-8831796965
“Academia. Qui es’ tu?”, La chapelle de L’École des beaux-arts de Paris, Catalog, 2008, ISBN 978-90-76979-65-6
“10,000 to 50: Contemporary Art from the Members of Business2Arts”, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Catalog, 2008, ISBN 978-1-903811-83-2
“MUSAC Collection Volume II”, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Catalog, 2007, ISBN: 978-84-935781-2-1
“Gerrard, John. Dark Portraits”, with texts by Shane Brighton and Christiane Paul, RHA Catalog, 2006, ISBN 1-903875-36-6
“EV+A 2003: on the border of each other”, ev+a catalogue, 2003, ISBN: 0948037032

Selected Media & Press

2017
Ben Valentine, “Adrift in the Waters of our Dark, Befouled Planet”, Hyperallergic, July 14
Ben Eastham, “One Take: John Gerrard’s Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas)”, Frieze Magazine, June 1, 2017
Gemma Tipton, “John Gerrard on sculpting smoke, false flags and how it all comes down to petroleum”, The Irish Times, April 22
Gemma Tipton, “Heat, comfort, mobility – it all comes from petroleum”, The Irish Times, April 20, 2017

2016
Gemma Tipton, “The best places to experience Irish culture overseas”, The Irish Times, November 26
Kimberly Bradley, “10. Reanimate: Interview with John Gerrard”, COS, September
Blake Gopnik, “John Gerrard’s CGI Predicted Brexit”, Artnet News, June 30
“John Gerrard: Power.Play”, e-flux, June 3
Joseph Taylor McRae, “Monumentally Virtual, Ephemerally Physical: Directions in new sculpture and new media”, Cass Sculpture Foundation, May 25
Maeve Connolly, “Artists’ TV - What's motivating broadcasters to collaborate with artists?”, Frieze.com, May 11
Dawn Chan, “Previews”, Artforum, May 2

2015
Kirk McCoy, “Leonardo DiCaprio to donate art installation to LACMA”, Los Angeles Times, June 9
Adam Kleinman, “John Gerrard’s ‘Farm’”, Art Agenda, March 18
Imelda Barnard, “The View from Earth: John Gerrard at Thomas Dane”, Apollo Magazine, March 5
Eddy Frankel, “John Gerard: Farm Time Out”, February 20
Nicholas Forrest, “INTERVIEW: John Gerrard on his “Slippery” Sims at Thomas Dane Gallery”, Blouin Artinfo, February 17
Kevin Holmes, “An Artist and a Helicopter Capture Google's Off-Limits Data Farm”,  The Creator's Project - Vice, February 13
Nick Compton, “John Gerrard: Farm’ at London’s Thomas Dane Gallery explores the unfathomable proportions of modern technology”,Wallpaper, February 10
James Pickford, “Internet artist bring ‘the cloud’ to earth,” Financial Times, February 6
Sam Phillips, “Our pick of this week’s art events: 6–12 February, RA Recommends”, RA Magazine, February 6
Jonathan Jones, “Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google’s data farm,” The Guardian, February 4

2014
Blake Gopnik, “Top Ten Shows of the Year”, The Art Newspaper, December
Carol Becker, “Here Comes The Sun”, Art in America, December 1
Gemma Topton, “Critics’ Picks,” Artforum, November 15
Blake Gopnik, “John Gerrard’s Chilling View of Solar Heat,” Artnet News, October 28
Andy Beta, “John Gerrard's 'Solar Reserve' Comes to Lincoln Center”, Wall Street Journal, October 2
Carol Vogel, “Warhol’s Presley and Brando Head to Auction,” The New York Times, September 4
The Philippine Star, “Gallery News”, May 19
Jiru Havran, “Pulp Press”, Domus, April 24
Toby Fehily, “John Gerrard”, Art Guide Australia, March 18
Alexandra Ivanoff, “Borusan Contemporary debuts work of artists Gerrard and Brambilla”, Today’s Zaman, February 26
Today's Zaman, “Borusan Contemporary debuts work of artists Gerrard and Brambilla” February 26

2013
Aidan Dunne, “John Gerrard, modernist ruins and the deceit of endless growth”, The Irish Times, July 20
Michaele Cutaya, “A Glitch in the Matrix”, Irish Arts Review, Summer
Herber Wright, “Pulp Press”, blueprint magazine, August
Aidan Dunne, “John Gerrard”, The Irish Times, July 20
Herbert Wright, “Review: Pulp Press”, Blueprint, June 22
Emma Cullinan, “Paper sculpture in a pulp-­press pavilion” , The Irish Times, June 22
“Pulp Press / John Gerrard”, Arch Daily, June 14
“John Gerrard”, Artkurio, June 5
John Haber, “The Art of War”, April
“Goings On About Town: Art. John Gerrard”, The New Yorker, April 5
“John Gerrard”, The Huffington Post, March 1
Flora Yin-Wong, “Mark Leckey’s 5 dumbest things”, Dazed Digital, February

2012
“John Gerrard, Oxford”, The Guardian Guide, July 7
“John Gerrard”, Modern Art Oxford, July 6
Abdullah Saaed, “Photo Journalism Powered by a Game Engine”, the creators project, June 1
Peter Aspden, “Beyond Wall Power”, Financial Times, January 14

2011
Paul Bonaventura, “John Gerrard”, Art Monthly, October 3
Chelsea Ward, “From war to hyperreal art”, New Scientist, July 11
Catherine Wood, “Mancunian Rhapsodies”, Artforum, July 1
“John Gerrard”, Manchester Evening News, June 24
“John Gerrard”, The Telegraph, June 23
Jenny Gilbert, “Review – Royal Ballet Triple Bill”, The Independent, May 22
Zoë Anderson, “Royal Ballet Triple Bill”, The Independent, May 18
Judith Mackrell, “The Royal Ballet, Mixed Bill”, The Guardian, May 16
Clement Crisp, “Review – Royal Ballet Triple Bill”, The Financial Times, May 18
Anna Gritz, “John Gerrard”, frieze, March
Karen Wright, “Four Faces For The Future”, Phillips de Pury & Company, March 8
Emily Hall, “John Gerrard”, Artforum, February 7

2010
James Glisson, “John Gerrard”, Artforum, November 27
Benjamin Sutton, “New Portraits of Old Art”, The L Magazine, November 20
Blake Gopnik, “New York art galleries focus on politically oriented collections”, The Washington Post, November 18
Emily Nathan, “John Gerrard”, PLANET°, November 18
Blake Gopnik, “John Gerrard”, The Washington Post, November 18
“John Gerrard”, Smithsonian.com, November 10
Mark Sheerin, “Slow Burner: John Gerrard talks about his monumental Oil Stick Work at Canary Wharf”, Culture24.org.uk, August 5
“John Gerrard at Canary Wharf Underground Station”, Apengine.org, May 25
Peter Foolen, “John Gerrard – Art on the Underground”, May 20
Ben Street, “Letters From London: Barnstormer”, blog.art21.org, May 17
Ellie Parsons, “John Gerrard’s Tunnel Vision”, LondonJotter.blogspot.com, May 13
Miranda Bryant, “Nelson’s latest companion… a giant robot octopus in Trafalgar Square”, Evening Standard, April 17
Ben Lewis, “Six Things To Do This Month”, Prospect, April
Brian Appleyard, “A Portrait of Human Folly”, Culture Magazine, March
Harry Eyres, “Life in the Slow Lane”, Financial Times, March 20
Brian Appleyard, “How John Gerrard is Sculpting the Future”, The Sunday Times, March 14
Brian Appleyard, “A portrait of human folly”, The Sunday Times, March 14
Gabriel Coxhead, “John Gerrard”, Time Out, February
Jennifer Allen, “The Artwork Without Us”, Mousse, February/March
“Spectacular Digital Moving Image Installation for Canary Wharf Underground Station”, ArtDaily, February
Georgina Adam, “Bye-bye to bling”, The Financial Times, February 21
Paul Karey Kent, “Paul Karey Kent’s London Highlights”, Saatchi-gallery.co.uk, February 16
Georgina Adam, “The Art Market: A Return to Seriousness”, The Financial Times, February 12
Kelly Nosari, “John Gerrard”, Dailyserving, February 3
“John Gerrard”, FLOLO

2009
Alix McKenna, “Directions: John Gerrard at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC”, California Literary Review, November 16
Blake Gopnik, “Avoiding Mechanical Overload”, The Washington Post, November 9
Julie Scelfo, “What The Goat’s Bones Knew”, The New York Times, November 5
Becky Beasley, “Life-Sized; The Absence of Photography at Venice”, Hotshoe, August
Front Cover Image, Damn, issue no. 22, August – September
Maura Egan, “Screen Savers”, New York Times Style Magazine, September
Aidan Dunne, “At the Heart of a New Art World”, The Irish Times, July 10
Katy Donoghue, “John Gerrard: Animated Scene”, Whitewall, July 2
Roger Bevan, “All that Glisters Might Not be Gold, but in Venice Art Still Rules”, The Art Newspaper, July – August
“John Gerrard”, Artslant.com, June
Paul Laster and Bettina Von Hast, “Blogs and Stories: The Biennale’s Best”, The Daily Beast, June 18
Biennial: ‘Making Worlds / Fare Mondi’”, Latitudes Blog, June 14
Linda Yablonsky, “Scene & Herd: Dogana Days”, Artforum.com, June 9
Blake Gopnik, “A Most ‘Animated’ Eco-Critique”, The Washington Post, June 9
Stefano Tonchi, “Venice | Slowly But Surely”, The New York Times T Magazine, June 9
Charlotte Higgins, “Venice Biennale: The Don’t Miss List”, The Guardian, June 9
Linda Norden & Jasper Sharp, “Pause and Continue”, RHA projects, La Biennale di Venezia, June 7
Michael A. Morris & John Gerrard, “Corn Bomb: A Short History Of Nitrogen”, RHA projects, La Biennale di Venezia, June 7
Charlotte Higgins, “Venice Biennale Diary: Pig Processing and Slow Food – the Arty and the Party”, The Guardian, June 5
Mark Ellwood, “Gaze and Graze”, The Financial Times, May 9
Aidan Dunne, “City to City: Together and Apart”, The Irish Times, May 8
Riccarda Mandrini, “Where to go off the Tracks”, L’uomo Vogue, May – June
Elizabeth C. Baker, “John Gerrard: Knoedler Project Space and Simon Preston”, Art in America, May 4
Deirdre Falvey, “Artists to Bring Carpet and Buskers to Biennale”, The Irish Times, May 1
Tyler Coburn, “John Gerrard”, Art Review, April
Marco Antonini, “John Gerrard”, Flash Art, March/April
Ann Landi, “John Gerrard: Simon Preston – Knoedler Project Space”, ARTnews, April
David Velasco, “John Gerrard. Simon Preston Gallery / Knoedler Project Space”, Artforum, March 25
Radio Interview (dur: 28’38”): “John Gerrard: Artist John Gerrard with host Daniel Durning: Art and Technology”, ARTonAIR.org, March 23
Alan Licht, “Like Digital Clockwork”, Rhizome, March 17
Joseph R. Wolin, “John Gerrard, Oil Stick Work + Knoedler Project”, Time Out New York, February 26 – March 4
Roberta Smith, “John Gerrard: Oil Stick Work”, The New York Times, February 20
Alan Artner, “A new medium emerges at resurgent Artropolis”, Chicago Tribune, February 7

2008
Robert Collins, “Art to Last 1000 Years”, Bad Idea magazine, Autumn – Winter
Video Clip (running time 5’51”): “John Gerrard – Artist”, The Art Newspaper Digital, July 8
Alan G. Artner, “A New Medium Emerges at Resurgent Artropolis”, Chicago Tribune, March/April
Technology review published by MIT, issue March/April 2008

2007
Joseph R. Wolin, “Introducing: John Gerrard”, Modern Painters, November 26
Bridget L. Goodbody, “Equal, That Is, to the Real Itself”, The New York Times, July 6
Joseph R. Wolin, “Equal, That Is, to the Real Itself”, Time Out New York, July 5

2006
Patrick T. Murphy, “Through Time and Space: John Gerrard’s Image Objects”, Irish Arts Review, Winter
Aidan Dunne, “Painting by binary numbers”, The Irish Times, November 2
“John Gerrard”, photography now, November 23
Aidan Dunne, “Dark Portraits”, The Irish Times, November 17
Gemma Tipton, “Up In Smoke”, The Irish Times, November 11

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