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Universal (near Iron Springs, Alberta) 2010

2010
Simulation
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Installed at Void Gallery
Derry, Northern Ireland
1 March - 1 April 2011
380 cm x 219 cm x 30 cm artist - designed projection wall

Universal (near Iron Springs, Alberta) 2010 portrays on a pair of oil derricks on the Canadian landscape, near Calgary.  As is typical of works from the “Animated Scene” series, the name of the work is derived from the company name of the firm that installed them, to be seen on the arms of the machines.  And as with all of Gerrard’s simulated environments, the scene exists in real time and runs on an orbital cycle that incorporates both local light and celestial patterns.  Rather than being a recorded document that is projected, as is the case in a traditional cinematic work, the image one encounters in this work is a direct, real time feed from a virtual environment, with the camera that circles the portrait better conceived of as a mechanical eye than as a recording device.
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Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Modelling: Daniel Fellsner
Programming: Helmut Bressler, Matthias Strohmaier

photos by paolo bernadelli

Universal (near Iron Springs, Alberta) 2010

2012

Marking Time
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

29 March - 3 June, 2012
depicted with Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez / Richfield, Kansas) 2008
group show curated by Rachel Kent

Marking Time explored the ways in which artists visualise time and its passing, across diverse media – drawing and watercolour, sculpture and installation, sound and light. An international exhibition selected by MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent, Marking Time presented major works by eleven artists from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and the United States in the Museum’s spacious new top floor galleries.
http://www.mca.com.au/

2011

Universal
Void Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland

1 March - 1 April 2011
3800 cm x 2138 cm x 30 cm artist - designed projection wall
photo by paolo bernadelli
solo exhibition curated by Jonathan Cummins

Void is delighted to present the first exhibition in Northern Ireland by Irish artist John Gerrard.
The exhibition consists of Sow Farm (Near Libbey, Oklahoma) 2009 a screen-based work depicting a vast and unmanned, computer-controlled animal farming facility, and Universal (Near Iron Springs, Alberta) 2011, a high-resolution projection, which centres on a pair of oil derricks situated in the Canadian landscape, near Calgary. Universal takes its title from the name of the firm that installed the derrick and which can be found emblazoned on the arms of the machines. Universal extends Gerrard’s Animated Scene series, with its strong emphasis on exchanges of power and energy and last shown at the Venice Biennale in 2009...
http://www.derryvoid.com/

2010

Cuban School (Community 5th of October)
Simon Preston Gallery, New York

4 November - 19 December 2010

Simon Preston is pleased to present John Gerrard's second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will comprise of a major new work, shown as a large-scale double-projection, titled Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010. The show will open to the public on Thursday, 4 November and run until Sunday, 19 December 2010. Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010 is a portrait of an existing building, situated in the countryside outside Havana...

http://www.simonprestongallery.com
 

Marking Time

Universal

Cuban School (Community 5th of October)

WORKING DRAWING

Working Drawing for Universal (near Iron Springs, Alberta) 2010
2010
giglee print on hahnemuehle photorag
Edition of 15 + 5AP

RESEARCH IMAGE

Satellite image of the landscape recreated in the work
image from Google Earth

WORKING DRAWING

RESEARCH IMAGE