Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oklahoma) 2009

Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oklahoma) 2009 depicts an existing agricultural complex on the American Great Plains. Each of the corrugated iron sheds houses a large but unseen community of sows engaged in mass farrowing. Set low against the plains, the structures have the cold, institutional feel of a military or correctional facility. In a symbolic moment of exchange within the work, reflecting the growth cycle of the pigs enclosed there, a single transport truck pulls to each building every 156 days and waits for one hour. Behind the sheds lie large effluent lakes.

The artist uses photographic documentation gathered during site visits to create virtual portraits in which an orbital camera presents a 360-degree view of the landscape set within an unfolding 24 hour day, and 365 day year. The work was subsequently constructed over a period of a year using 3D modelling and Realtime 3D, a format more commonly associated with the gaming industry.

image 3: seen with Lufkin (near Hugo, Colorado), 2009

Production: Werner Poetzelberger
Programming: Helmut Bressler
Modelling: Daniel Fellsner
Presentation design / Corian fabrication: Jakob Illera / Inseq, Vienna

As seen at the exhibition John Gerrard
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
02 February - 25 March 2010

Exhibitions

Sow Farm at Junge Akademie Berlin, Germany, 2012

25. April – 28. Mai 2012
www.diejungeakademie.de

Sow Farm at Galerie Schloss Damtschach, Austria, 2011

29 May - 22 July
install details
solo

Es ist eine neu Arbeit, die aus einem speziellen weissen, kristallinartigem Kunsstoff hergeststellt ist.
Ein moderner hochauflösender Flat – screen - monitor, der eine computeranimierte langsame Kamerafahrt durch eine sehr real nachkonstruierte Landschaft mit einer Industriearchitektur zeigt, die über Tage hinweg anhält, und so in Lichtstimmungen, Tageszeiten und Wetter ein wechselndes Bild wiedergibt. Diese Arbeit ist mit einer neuen Software erzeugt, die heute zur Herstellung von 3D - Computerspielen verwendet wird. Es handelt sich also um einen virtuellen Raum, der jedoch reale Gegenbenheiten anhand von tausenden vor Ort gemachten Dokumentarfotos exakt nachstellt und auch künstlerisch interpretiert...
http://www.damtschach.at

 

Sow Farm at Thomas Dane Gallery, 2010

02 February – 25 March 2010
Solo exhibition

Thomas Dane Gallery is pleased to announce the first London exhibition of Irish artist John Gerrard.

Extending from Animated Scene, his critically acclaimed presentation at the 53rd Venice Biennale, the artist will exhibit two new works, Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oklahoma) 2009, which depicts a sprawling, unmanned, computer-controlled agricultural complex on the American Great Plains, and Lufkin (near Hugo, Colorado) 2009, a portrait of an oil derrick in the same region.
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www.thomasdane.com

image 3: seen with Lufkin (near Hugo, Colorado), 2009

Sow Farm & Pig Slat Benches 2010 at e v+ a Limerick, Ireland, 2010

13 March – 23 May 2010
'OPEN / INVITED'
Solo exhibition in collaboration with Peter Carroll
www.eva.ie

Mild steel benches, echoing the sheds represented in the Grow Finish Unit and Sow Farm works are installed on the third-floor space of a redundant office block. The objects use the slatted floors typically used in sow farrowing environments as the surface of the bench. The polished floor of the exhibition space is treated as a plain or expanse on which the benches rest. From the windows, views are offered to an area of Limerick formerly known as ‘Pigtown’, which once accommodated many slaughterhouses and pig-processing factories.

The benches are made from two types of ready-made drained slatted floor sections used in pig-production farms – one with an undulating anti-slip surface for the sow, and the other with a heated floor-pan insert to provide comfort for piglets. The public is invited to sit on these benches, and, in so doing, experiences a little of what it feels like to rest upon them.

Rib-caged and carcass-like, much like the exposed profiled structural soffit of the space, each bench surface is raised from the ground to reveal an undercarriage of heating-pipe circuits and structural tension supports. Handles made for farrowing cages have been adapted to provide support as bench legs.

Sow Farm at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2009

28th November 2009 − 28th February 2010
'What You See is Where You're At'
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Group show curated by Simon Groom
299 cm x 222 cm site - specific projection

What you see is where you're at forms part of a complete re-hang of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, launching a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gallery.
The display will reveal the richness and range of the Collection in a series of rooms which aim to delight and surprise.

www.nationalgalleries.org

Research

Response

Selected Press

Saatchi Online TV & Magazine: John Gerrard @ Thomas Dane

Coxhead, Gabriel: “John Gerrard”, Time Out, February 2010
 

2010 · SOW FARM / THOMAS DANE GALLERY
2010 · SOW FARM / THOMAS DANE GALLERY
2010 · SOW FARM / THOMAS DANE GALLERY
2010 · SOW FARM & PIG SLAT BENCHES 2010 / E V+ A LIMERICK, IRELAND
2010 · SOW FARM & PIG SLAT BENCHES 2010 / E V+ A LIMERICK, IRELAND
2010 · SOW FARM & PIG SLAT BENCHES 2010 / E V+ A LIMERICK, IRELAND
2010 · SOW FARM & PIG SLAT BENCHES 2010 / E V+ A LIMERICK, IRELAND
2010 · SOW FARM & PIG SLAT BENCHES 2010 / E V+ A LIMERICK, IRELAND
2009 · SOW FARM / SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Photo: Antonia Reeve
Research Image for Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oklahoma) 2009 2009 giglee print on hahnemuehle photorag Edition of 15 + 5AP
Satellite image of the border region of Oklahoma and Texas, USA.   image from Google Earth
Satellite image depicting two sow farms similar to those featured in the work. image from Google Earth
research photograph by the artist 
research photograph by the artist 

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