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“Industrial Portrait” Artist John Gerrard to Speak in Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

Posted 02/21/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Irish artist John Gerrard, whose work addresses questions of power and control in the contemporary world, will present a lecture titled “Exercise.” The talk, which is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, and is made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund. The program will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is on the lower level of the Harry Jacke Gray Center at the University of Hartford.

Many of Gerrard’s works are in the form of ‘virtual portraits’ of structures in the landscape – industrial facilities that exemplify the way in which the contemporary world relies on hidden and increasingly automated networks of resource extraction, from oil to agriculture to livestock.

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1974, Gerrard received a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. 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.

During his talk, he will provide an overview of recent works within simulation, beginning with the series Animated Scene, shown as part of the Venice Biennial in 2009. He also will speak about three recent commissions within a series titled “Exercise”:  Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) 2011, produced for Manchester International Festival 2011; Live Fire Exercise, a collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet in 2011; and Exercise (Djibouti) 2012, commissioned by Modern Art Oxford and Oxford University.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or