London, 23 March – 4 May 2007
Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce Gerard Byrne’s first solo exhibition in the U.K. previewing Thursday 22nd March.
Gerard Byrne’s art practice utilizes video and photography to question the ways in which images are constructed, transmitted and mediated. His work examines the modes and conventions of image-making and analyzes the mechanics of representation itself. Influenced by literature and theatre, Gerard Byrne’s work consistently references a range of sources, from popular magazines of the recent past to iconic modernist playwrights like Brecht, Beckett, and Sartre.
Central to this new exhibition is the installation 1984 and Beyond, 2005-6, which comprises three single channel videos and a series of 20 black and white photographs. The work takes its title from a discussion published in the July and August 1963 issues of Playboy magazine in which well-known science fiction writers, including Isaac Asimov and Malcolm Bradbury, discuss a wide range of issues like humanity and sexuality, collectively speculating about the future world of 1984. Initially developed as a live work for a theatre festival in Holland, the subsequent film was made with a Dutch cast in locations such as Rietveldt’s famed Sonsbeek sculpture pavilion in the Kroller Muller museum, which shelters a magnificent collection of period Barbara Hepworth bronzes.Read more
Works on view
52 Bell Street
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm