MAY 2018

A Parallel Event to the 4th International Mardin Biennial


Art Talks: John Gerrard & Ebru Yetişkin
Soho House İstanbul

Bilsart is hosting John Gerrard’s work entitled “Flag(Nile)” between May 04-17, as a parallel event to the 4th International Mardin Biennial.

Flag (Nile) 2017 portrays a segment of the Nile River near Cairo. The river colours are digitally recreated, alongside buildings and trees on the riverbanks present as reflections. At the centre of the scene, a gasoline spill is simulated – accurately refracting the light to create a vivid prismatic field, endlessly shifting shape over time. The viewpoint circles this form while the work unfolds over a 365 day solar cycle of night and day. The soft undulation of the waves animates the scene, giving rise to the title of the work.


Dublin, 1974

John Gerrard, is widely regarded as a key contemporary figure in the development of digital media. Deceptively looking like film or video, his works are simulations – virtual worlds, made using real-time computer graphics, a technology developed by the military and now used extensively in the gaming industry. Recent solo exhibitions include; Western Flag, Somerset House with Channel 4, London, England (2017), Power. Play, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2016), Infinite Freedom Exercise, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2015), Solar Reserve, Lincoln Center in Association with the Public Art Fund, New York NY and Exercise, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey (2014), Pulp Press (Kistefos), Kistefos Museet, Jevnaker, Norway (2013), Exercise (Djibouti), Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England (2012). Gerrard’s work is in the collection of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; SF Moma, San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Kistefos Collection, Norway; IMMA, Dublin; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul and many private collections internationally.