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  • John Gerrard, Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma), 2015, real-time simulation, silent.

    John Gerrard

    Ullens Center for Contemporary Art 尤伦斯当代艺术中心
    798 Art Zone, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
    June 9 - August 7

    Curated by Philip Tinari and Guo Xi

    “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed,” Garry Winogrand once remarked. What sort of analogy results, and what are its limits, if photography is replaced with 3-D modeling in Winogrand’s oft-repeated dictum? Taking on such questions, John Gerrard chooses infrastructures stationed on far-flung sites as subjects of comprehensive documentation. With the aid of computer modeling and video-game engines, he compiles the results into something between digital time-lapse portraits and virtual tours. His first exhibition in China will feature Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma), 2015; Exercise (Dunhuang), 2014; and Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada), 2014—elegant reconstructions of a Google data center, a network of roadways in the Gobi Desert, and a solar farm, respectively. Shown at UCCA, in a district of Beijing where industrial buildings are repurposed in the service of art, these works promise to foreground recurrent architectural motifs that mark the exhaustively global scope of technological progress.