Solar Pavilion / Flag | John Gerrard at Galway International Arts Festival 2017

17 to 30 July

Galway International Arts Festival premieres four newly commissioned art works by John Gerrard one of Ireland’s most celebrated international artists.

Featuring the rivers Amazon, Danube, Nile and Yangtze, each computer simulation introduces a portrait of a small section of each river, integrating the buildings and flora on the riverbanks as visible reflections. At the centre of the scene is a gasoline spill – accurately refracting the light to create a vivid prismatic field, endlessly changing shape over time.

The roll of the river creates a flag–like form, which the artist sees as a precise political representation of contemporary conditions. As is typical with Gerrard’s work, the scenes are non durational, instead they are rendered live to unfold over the course of an annual solar cycle, with each Flag keyed to its particular local time.

Backstage at the Festival
Gallery talk with the artist, 17 July, 2pm

O’Donoghue Theatre
NUI Galway