The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present the first major solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Joy Gerrard. Gerrard’s growing international reputation is for work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment.
Drawing on over a decade of image-making and research on themes of protest and urban space, Irish artist Gerrard archives and painstakingly remakes media-borne crowd images, including those from the Arab Risings, Occupy, and anti- Trump protests. These are re-imaged in large monochrome paintings and small complex drawings made with Japanese ink. Gerrard has used this solo exhibition as an experimental opportunity to create new work at this critical, uncertain time in Belfast’s already fragmented, troubling yet powerfully hopeful history. The artist has created the most ambitious large scale versions of her work so far for this show, using installation techniques and huge panelled canvases which will “push … engagement with the materiality of the ink on canvas, and also the potential for the embodiment of the crowd” in new ways.
Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast. She graduated with a BA from NCAD, Dublin and an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘supermarket‘ in Stockholm with Ormston House (2019) and ‘shot crowd ’at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017). Selected group exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2019 and Crossing Lines. Highlanes, Drogheda and FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge 2019. She has installed multiple public installations since 2004 including major works in the London School of Economics, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, for Tideway (London) and Facebook (London and Dublin) Gerrard has just completed a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2020 and is an Associate Member of the RHA, Dublin.
A series of free family-friendly online workshops and artist talks will take place alongside the exhibition.