Gerry Bibby

Berlin-based Gerry Bibby defies strict categories with his artistic practice. His works are made up of precisely calculated sculptural gestures, infused with textual and choreographed, performative elements. The specific compound of sculpture, text and performance stretches temporally and spatially, allowing for playful subversions of cultural and socio-political references. Implicitly, Bibby’s practice is embedded in the relationship between the artist and the institution, or exhibitionary context, by means of intervening in the infrastructures that host his production. By exploring his interest in admitting an artistic production that is not autonomous, one that becomes itself in relation to social and material realities, he welcomes the complications of site and situation. For his commission at Frieze London for instance, inspired by finding shards of oyster shells in the soil of Regent’s Park, Bibby proceeded to unpack the labour and exchange processes surrounding the history of oysters in London. The installation comprised a number of elements in response to the infrastructure of the Fair and beyond.

Recently Gerry Bibby's (*1977 in Melbourne, lives in Berlin) works were shown in the Midway Contemporary Art Gallery in Minneapolis, the O-Town House in Los Angeles, Lumiar Cité in Lissabon (all in 2018) and the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2014). Selected group shows, performances and contracted works include the Tinos Quarry Platform in Tinos (2018), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017/18), District in Berlin (2017), Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (2015) and as Frieze Projects in London (2013). Recently, his work was part of “Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation von Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf” at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (2019). In 2020, he will participate in the Busan Biennale in South Korea. Gerry Bibby is the author of the novel The Drumhead (Sternberg Press, 2014) and is co-editor of the magazine Starship in Berlin.

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