John Gerrard: Networks and Power


Thursday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

John Gerrard in person

The works of John Gerrard (MFA 2000) often take shape as large-scale projections of meticulously crafted virtual worlds, astonishing in their scope and execution. Driven by sophisticated military modeling and video game software, they re-create the outposts of human industry—a 19th-century paper mill in Norway, mysterious roadways along China's Silk Road, a solar power plant in Nevada, factory farms in Oklahoma—to address the networks of energy and power that have fueled modern life. Gerrard presents five recent interrelated projects—including Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) (2014), Exercise (Dunhuang) (2014), and his latest work-in-progress Farm (Pryor Creek)—and discusses the themes and technology that have informed his practice.

2009–15, China/Norway/US, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

John Gerrard (1974, Dublin, Ireland) received a BFA from Oxford University in 1997 and an MFA from SAIC in 2000. His work has been exhibited around the world. Recent solo presentations include Solar Reserve, Lincoln Center in association with the Public Art Fund, New York (2014); Sow Farm, Rathole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2014); Exercise, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Pulp Press (Kistefos), a permanent installation for Kistefos Museet, Norway (2013), among many others. Gerrard lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria and is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.