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Directions: John Gerrard

November 5, 2009 – May 31, 2010

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: Level 3

As part of the Directions series, this exhibition features works by Irish artist John Gerrard (b. 1974, Dublin) who photographed actual sites of farms and oil fields from 360 degrees and then simulated cinematic movement around the sites using the computer, complete with shifting, natural lighting effects.

With new technologies offering artists opportunities to create works with dimensions no one has seen before, he uses customized 3-D gaming software to re-imagine landscape art. A former student of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gerrard is inspired by the look, the history, and politics of the Dust Bowl region. He createscontemplative, vivid scenes of farms and oil fields that raise questions about the effect of human progress on the environment.