May 11, 2010 - Art on the Underground - John Gerrard: Oil Stick Work
May 11, 2010

John Gerrard: Oil Stick Work

John Gerrard
Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez, Richfield, Kansas) 2008

John Gerrard
Oil Stick Work
14 May 2010 – 14 May 2011

Canary Wharf Underground station

As part of a series of contemporary art projects for the Jubilee line, Art on the Underground is delighted to announce a major new installation by Irish artist John Gerrard. The artist will exhibit a large-scale projection of Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez / Richfield, Kansas) 2008 in Canary Wharf Underground station.

Projected on a 12m x 8m wall specially constructed inside the iconic ticket hall, Oil Stick Work develops in real time over a 30 year period. At the centre of the work is an industrial grain silo situated in open prairieland. This vista is constructed from collected digital photographs and topographies of an existing American landscape, mapped onto carefully reconstructed 3D forms. A human actor, Angelo Martinez, (also digitally reconfigured in the work) arrives for work every day at dawn (CST) and departs at sunset. His daily task is to paint a precise one metre square on the facade of the silo with an oil stick.

Over the 30 year course of the work Angelo will painstakingly paint the entire building black, to form a silhouette at the heart of the landscape. In 2038, his work completed, he will leave and not return. The scene will continue to unfold, transformed, in perpetuity.

Inserted into the foundations of the vast Canary Wharf financial complex, this virtual representation of an agri-industrial landscape and Angelo’s labours are juxtaposed with the activity above ground. The work offers a departure into a landscape that encourages a meditation on labour, materials and time. Visitors and commuters are invited by Art on the Underground to witness the gradual, daily progress of this work over the course of the year that the work is installed at the station.

Canary Wharf Underground station

Press reception with the artist: 13 May 2010
Opening: 13 May 2010
Public exhibition: 14 May 2010 – 14 May 2011

John Gerrard (b.1974) lives and works between Dublin, Ireland, and Vienna, Austria. Recent solo exhibitions include Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Animated Scene, La Biennale di Venezia and Simon Preston Gallery, New York. A solo project will open July 2010 in The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Recent group exhibitions include Invited EV+A, Limerick, Ireland and In-Finitum at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Gerrard received a BFA from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University in 1997 and an MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. In 2009 he was a guest resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.

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