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John Gerrard

Born 1974 (North Tipperary, Ireland)

John Gerrard, (born 20 July 1974) is an Irish artist, best known for his sculptures, which typically take the form of digital simulations displayed using Real-time computer graphics.

Bio & Career

John Gerrard was born in 1974 and first experimented with 3D scanning while studying at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. He has a postgraduate degree in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a further degree in computer science from Trinity College, Dublin.

He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. He collaborated with celebrated choreographer Wayne McGregor on a piece for the Royal Ballet called Live Fire Exercise, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, and his major new work Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) was installed in Manchester as part of the Manchester International Festival.1


Solo exhibitions

Group exhibitions

  • 2021, Thailand Biennial, Curated by Yuko Hasegawa. Korat, Thailand.
  • 2021, Texas Biennial, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2021, X Laevis (Spacelab), La Traverse, Marseille
  • 2021, Oil: Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2021, Pandemic, Zero, Milan, Italy
  • 2021, Networked Nature, Thoma Foundation Art Vault, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • 2021, UnNatural History, curated by Invisible Dust, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Herbert, UK.
  • 2021, Infrahauntologies, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2021, The 13th Gwangju Biennale – Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, Gwangju, South Korea.
  • 2021, Rethinking Collectivity: The Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • 2020, Material / ImMaterial. Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
  • 2020, Bright Golden Haze, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma, USA
  • 2020, FOR you know the existence of the world, Hå gamle Prestegard, Norway
  • 2020, Chapter 3HREE, Het HEM, Zandaam, The Netherlands
  • 2019, Water After All, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
  • 2019, Okayama Art Summit, Okayama, Japan
  • 2019, Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA
  • 2019, The Keeper; To have and to hold The Model, Sligo Ireland (Republic)
  • 2019, FLAG – objekt, ikon, symbol, Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark
  • 2019, 24/7 – A Wake-Up Call for our Non-Stop World, Somerset HouseLondonUnited Kingdom
  • 2019, The Aerodrome, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
  • 2019, Desert X, Palm Springs / Coachella Valley, California, USA
  • 2019, Surveillé·e·s, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland
  • 2018, In the open or in stealth – the unruly presence of an intimate future, MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain
  • 2018, The Value of Freedom, Belvedere 21. Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria
  • 2018, Surveillé·e·s, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
  • 2018, To See Time Go By, Inhotim – Galeria Fonte, Brazil
  • 2018, I was raised on the internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
  • 2018, Long March Project: Building Code Violations III, Long March Space, Beijing, China
  • 2018, Land / Sea / Signal, RuaRed, Espace Multimedia Gantner, France; Luznava Manor, Latvia
  • 2018, MANIFESTA 12 – The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence. Manifesta – European’s Nomadic Biennial, Palermo, Sicily
  • 2018, Beyond Words, 4th International Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
  • 2018, A World in a Grain of Sand: Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries, Fosun Foundation, Hainan, China
  • 2018, endless now, Donaufestival Krems – Festival for Music, Performance and Art, Krems, Austria
  • 2018, EVA International, Ireland’s 38th Biennial, Limerick, Ireland
  • 2018, Eco-Visionaries, MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 2018, Counting the waves, CCS Bard Hessen Museum, Annandale–on–Hudson, NY,
  • 2017, Electricity, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL
  • 2017, Overture: Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, New York, USA
  • 2017, Truth: 24 frames per second, Dallas, USA
  • 2017, Virtual views: Thoma Foundation, Oralndo Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
  • 2017, Wormwood, Ellis King Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017, A Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
  • 2017, I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
  • 2017, Marching in Circles, Long March Space, Beijing, China
  • 2017, Electricity, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
  • 2016, Flag (Thames) 2016, Shanghai Biennial, Why Not Ask Again?, Power Station for Art, Shanghai, China
  • 2016, Cuban School, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015, Mankind / Machinekind. Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
  • 2015, Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2015, Reset, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany
  • 2015, Art Unlmited, Art Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015, Boolean Expressions, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • 2015, Art In The Age Of…Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2015, Politics of Amnesia, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK
  • 2015, Open Source, Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015, Walk Through British Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
  • 2015, Creating Realities. Encounters between Art and Cinema, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
  • 2014, The Surface of World: Architecture and the Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Pasay, Philippines
  • 2014, Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
  • 2014, The Space Where I Am, Blain Southern Gallery, London
  • 2013, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, (curated by Mark Leckey). Travelling to: Nottingham Contemporary and De la Warr Pavilion.
  • 2013, The Everyday Experience, Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dublin, Ireland
  • 2013, Coexist, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2013, 0 to 60, The Experience of Time in Contemporary Art. North Carolina Museum of Art, USA.
  • 2013, Out of the Ordinary, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. USA.
  • 2012, More Real, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA.
  • 2012, The Pursuit of Perfection, South London Gallery, London, UK
  • 2012, Visions Fugitives, Le Fresnoy, France
  • 2012, Marking Time, MCA Sydney, Australia
  • 2012, Junge Akademie, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012, To remind: works of memory and monument – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – MIMA, Middlesbrough
  • 2012, Arrivi e Partenze Europa – Fondo Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
  • 2011, Fragments in Time and Space, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
  • 2011, Beyond (Look at my face: my name is Might Have Been; I am also called No More, Too Late, Farewell)  Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2011, 20/20, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
  • 2010, The Real Thing, Tate Britain, UK
  • 2010, The Fifth Genre, Gallery Lelong, NY, USA
  • 2010, Invited EV+A, Limerick, Ireland
  • 2009, Infinitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venezia, Italy
  • 2009, Huésped. Colección MUSAC en Rosario – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRo), Rosario, Argentina
  • 2008, Mortail Coil, Parkers Box Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2008, Academia, la Chapelle de l’Ecole des beaux-Arts, Paris, France
  • 2008, Landscape 08, The Dock Gallery, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
  • 2008, 10,000 to 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2008, Singing the Real, Eigse, Carlow, Ireland
  • 2008, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, hilger contemporary, Vienna, Austria
  • 2008, Navigating the Ether, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2007, Blown Away, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL , USA
  • 2007, Are We There Yet, Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, NY, USA
  • 2007, Existencias, Musac – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain
  • 2007, Singing the Real, Iziko-SA National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
  • 2007, Equal, That Is, To The Real Itself (curated by Linda Norden) Marian Goodman Gallery, NY, USA
  • 2007, Landscapism (curated by Joseph Wolin) The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA
  • 2006, Digital Tales, The Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2006, The Genius of Place, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoake, USA
  • 2006, Present Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy
  • 2006, 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
  • 2006, Code Blue, Millenium Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2006, Freeform, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • 2006, Human Touch, Sala Terrena, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2006, Digital Transit, Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
  • 2005, Simulcrum, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, USA
  • 2005, Climax, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2005, Eurojet Futures Anthology, RHA, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2005, The Institute of Potential Art + Failure, Carlow Visualise, Carlow, Ireland
  • 2005, Bring on the Clones, Vertex List, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2004, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
  • 2004, Some Exhaust, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2004, Eurojet Futures, RHA, Dublin, Ireland

External links & References

  1. “John Gerrard: The Legacy Fellowship” The Ruskin School