The UK premiere of two recent works by John Gerrard. Cuban School (Community 5th of October) 2010 and Cuban School (Sancti Spiritu) 2011 are meticulous slow-moving virtual portraits of schools constructed in the 1960s Cuban countryside that are now decaying functional ruins. Both works are infinite in duration based on a continuous real-time 365-day solar cycle, and powerfully mark the melancholic demise of a political vision.
John Gerrard lives and works between Vienna and Dublin. He received his BFA from the School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2002 was awarded a Pépinières Residency at Ars Electronica, Linz, where he developed his first works in Realtime 3D. Recent solo presentations of his work include: Manchester International Festival (2011); Ivorypress, Madrid (2011); Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2010);Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2010); Art on the Underground, London (2010); Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2010); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2009); and 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2009).
Curated by AV Festival 12, in partnership with mima. UK Premiere.
Preview: Thu 1 March 2012, 6-9pm
Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012
Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am–4.30pm