As an artist, Ian Gerson engages with information distribution and methods of display, especially as employed by museums, libraries and other institutions of knowledge. Display cases, vitrines, placards, labels, and lighting together create a platform for what we understand to be reality. Ian’s work mixes this clinical language with information that may or may not be true, data that is unbelievable or wholly invented. The work results in reactions of curiosity and confusion, spawning questions regarding the validity of the specific content of the piece as well as its whole status as an artwork. These questions eventually extend beyond the artwork and resurface in the institutions whose display methods are mimicked. Rather than a quest for absolute truth, Ian’s investigations dwell somewhere between the fog of childlike wonder and the doubt of truth’s existence.
Past projects include a temporary travel agency installed in an empty Italian ice shop in Williamsburg and a mock park ranger booth constructed at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Ian was born in Houston, holds a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
During the residency on the Island, Ian will continue in a similar vein of work by transforming the studio into a fictional museum dealing with the history and present day uses of Governors Island.
Image credit: Courtesy of the artist