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By his biography, John Gerrard would not be the most obvious artist to zero in on America’s desolate, rural terrain, but somehow the Dublin-born, Vienna-residing artist became fascinated with the horizontal, largely featureless landscapes of the great American interior. In a three-work exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Gerrard offers views of three intrusions on the binary landscape of the Great Plains—a “nodding donkey” oil well in Colorado, a series of buildings at an Oklahoma pork processing plant, and a gathering dust storm in Texas. He portrays each in soundless, high-resolution, endlessly repeating video loops stitched together by computer from actual photographs. —-Louis Jacobson.
Read the full City Lights pick here; exhibition details after the jump:
“DIRECTIONS: JOHN GERRARD” IS ON VIEW DAILY 10 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M. TO MAY 31 AT THE HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, INDEPENDENCE AVENUE AND 7TH STREET SW. FREE. (202) 633-1000.