John Gerrard Petro National

HERE Opening event
Saturday 25th November 2023

4 - 5pm: Jan Robert Leegte with Pita Arreola (Digital Art Curator, V&A)
5 - 6pm: Haroon Mirza with Kostas Kostas Stasinopoulos (Curator, Serpentine)
6 - 10pm: DJ set by AHMD (Artists Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib and George Henry Longly)


Free & Open to Public
25 - 26 Nov 2023

9 Cork St
London W1S 3LL

John Gerard’s practice stands at the intersection of technology and art, seamlessly blending the two realms to generate mesmerising virtual worlds. His works reference traditional mediums like painting but transcend them, inviting viewers to rethink their perceptions of reality and their perceptions of time and space. Through making works using real-time computer graphics, a technology developed by the military and now used extensively in the gaming industry, his artworks also serve as a reflection on our relationship with the digital realm.

Gerard generates complex algorithmic choreographies which often integrate multiple moving viewpoints and even ‘real time’, realistic cycles of day and night that unfold over an entire year. The idea of machine-based replication of our everyday life points to both the continued pervasiveness of technology and our never-ending attachment to it. Ever innovatory, Gerard is one of the first artists to implement NFT technology as an active part of his practice, having released several drops including last years’ Petro National.

This work is presented as part of HERE, an event dedicated to digital art taking place at 9 Cork Street, Frieze Gallery in London. This event represents an extension of Verse's ongoing partnership with galleries and artists who have shown dedication to fostering the growth of digital art within the contemporary art scene.

*Petro National*, 2022

Petro National, 2022

*Petro National*, 2022

Petro National, 2022


John Gerrard

John Gerrard (b. Tipperary. Ireland 1974) is widely regarded as a key figure in the development of simulation within contemporary art. Deceptively looking like film or video, his works are virtual worlds, made using real-time computer graphics, a technology developed by the military and now used extensively in the gaming industry. Recent exhibitions include Surrender (Flag) at Hayward Gallery...
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