John Gerrard's Cuban School
Since Thursday John Gerrard is showing his new work Cuban School (Community 5th of October) and his work Lufkin at Simon Preston gallery in the Lower East Side. There is another event attached to Gerrard's show, the fall residency of AO&, but more on that in a subsequent post. Find here some pictures and thoughts on the opening and works.
Lufkin (image below) is portraiying a still working oil pump in the American landscape and is part of Gerrard's series of oil pump portraits.
world we can freely create, Gerrard's pieces draw a virtual portrait about real situations, maintaining them, making them visible and society able to dicuss them.Gerrard shows his pieces as well in public space (currently in London) which makes these art pieces accessible to the general public.
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During a recent lecture at MOMA, Gerrard showed his pieces 'Grow Finish Unit (near Eva, Oklahoma)' (image above) and 'Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oklahoma)' which are virtual portraits of fully automized pig production units in the American landscape. Describing his work process, Gerrard told about how he found these unmanned (only 'pigged') units in the landscape ('piggeries' are automatically feeding piglets and pigs which are 'harvested' according to schedule), documented and recreated them with his team in Vienna, Austria. For Gerrard it is interesting to render neglected instruments of industrial production visible as icons thereby picking up topics previously neglected by society. He as well mentioned his interest in the piggerie's role of producing excess nitrogen and showed works soon to be finished. I am very much looking forward to the explosive ballet. ;)
AO& which host dinners at his viennese studio during an annual 'fall residency'. Now AO& came to NYC to conduct their fall residency performing cooking events under a very strict codex for a limited amount if guests. We will experience that tonite and you can read about it in a subsequent post.