Born in Dublin in 1974, John Gerrard received a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. During this time he made his first experiments with 3D scanning as a form of sculptural photography. 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, where he developed his first works in Realtime 3D.
In 2006, the artist discovered a single archival image of the North American Dust Bowl which has informed much of his research since. The first of the works to be produced in artistic response, titled Dust Storm (Dalhart, Texas) 2007, was presented in the group exhibition Equal, That Is, To the Real Itself, curated by Linda Norden at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, in 2007. Other group exhibitions include Infinitum at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, (2009), Academia at L’Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Paris (2008), Existencias at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2007), The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale at Seoul Museum of Art (2006) and Independents at the Liverpool Biennial (2004).
Recent solo presentations of Gerrard’s work include Oil Stick Work at Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2009), John Gerrard at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2008) and Dark Portraits at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2006, travelling to hilger contemporary, Vienna 2007). John Gerrard lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria. In June 2009 he will begin a guest residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. For more information see www.johngerrard.net