New York

John Gerrard

Simon Preston Gallery/Knoedler Project Space

I never did get to see the pigs in John Gerrard’s Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas) 2008. Nor will I likely ever witness the culmination of the artist’s Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez/Richfield, Kansas) 2008. The animations’ respective climaxes and denouements will escape most viewers; indeed, that’s part of their charm.

“Oil Stick Work,” Gerrard’s first New York solo show, was held at Simon Preston Gallery in conjunction with a small presentation uptown at Knoedler Project Space. The principal works, three interactive computer animations, offer the sort of virtual environments found in popular video games. Each work depicts a picturesque landscape in the rural Midwestern United States and features a building or piece of machinery; in two of them, the viewer can steer the perspectives by turning the monitors, while the third can be navigated by standing to the left or right of a

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