Mit Beiträgen von Michael A. Morris, Patrick T. Murphy, Linda Norden and Jasper Sharp John Gerrard, Animated Scene, eine begleitende Veranstaltung der 53. Internationalen Kunstausstellung, La Biennale di Venezia, Isola di Certosa.
John Gerrard Animated Scene is a collateral project at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. It will be inaugurated on June 4, 2009, and remain open to the public from June 7 - September 30, 2009.
Animated Scene will present three new works as large-scale projections. Each work introduces a virtual scene - astonishingly real but entirely and meticulously fabricated by the artist and his studio between 2007-9 - based on documentation of the agri-industrial landscapes of the American Great Plains, scattered with grain silos, pig production units and small towns.
A fourth work from the same series will be shown concurrently at the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, as part of Infinitum, the final part of a trilogy of exhibitions mounted by Axel Vervoordt which began in 2007 with Artempo: When Time Becomes Art.
The project is curated by Jasper Sharp, curator and writer, and Patrick T. Murphy, Director and Curator of the Royal Hibernian Academy.
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).