691: Gerrard a hit at Venice (Wednesday 10 June 2009)

compiled by Elizabeth Noel
Though John Gerrard’s collateral exhibit for the 2009 Venice Biennale, titled Animated Scene, is a boat ride away from the rest of the event’s exhibits, the recent good reviews it has received assure that the distance should not keep viewers away.
 John Gerrard: Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez / Richfield, Kansas), 2008, Realtime 3D projection, 4.5m x 6m; image held here
John Gerrard: Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez / Richfield, Kansas), 2008, Realtime 3D projection, 4.5m x 6m; image held here

The Guardian has placed Gerrard’s high-tech, virtual image display on its 'don’t miss it' list for this year’s Biennale, averring that it is “certainly worth the trip.”
Animated Scene, which features true to life landscape images that Gerrard fabricated using game-design software, has collected much positive feedback.  “The projected landscapes that [Gerrard] is showing are more compellingly real than any art you’re likely to have seen,” says Blake Gopnik of the Washington Post.
The display, which features images capturing the movements of a Texas dust storm, mechanized life on a pig fattening farm, and a man slowly and methodically painting his barn with an oil stick, are open to the public until September 30.
Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/charlottehigginsblog/2009/jun/09/venice-biennale-art; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/08/AR2009060803818.html?sub=AR