About the Artist
Gerrard 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. Often exploring geographically isolated locations, as in his work for the 53rd Venice Biennale that featured large-scale projections based on documentation of the agrarian American Great Plains, 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.
John Gerrard (b. 1974, Dublin, Ireland) lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been presented by Kistefos Museet, Norway (2014); Manchester International Festival, Manchester (2011); Ivorypress, Madrid (2011); Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2011), Void Gallery, Derry, Ireland (2011); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Station, London (2009 / 10); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2009); and 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2009). In 2011, Gerrard was commissioned by the Royal Ballet to create Live Fire Exercise (in collaboration with Wayne McGregor), which premiered at The Royal Opera House, London in May 2011 to widespread acclaim. John Gerrard received a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (1997) and undertook postgraduate studies at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and Trinity College, Dublin (2001). John Gerrard is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.