Gerry Bibby: Conversation Piece (Kölner Sandwich)*, 2019
Conversation Piece (Kölner Sandwich)*, 2019
Barrier tapes, paper, adhesive tape; ; online tutorial video 1:03 min
Edition: 5 + 2 AP
*[This impossible sandwich. What‘s between us – layers of distance, words I‘ve been given & use attempting to reach you,]
[gestures I translate, hoping you might reach me from there – we assume cannot nourish us, as we conspire in its making.]
Originally created for the exhibition “Maskulinitäten”, Gerry Bibbys inscribed barrier tapes ( originally known from the context of museums and from transit areas such as airports), which were used as props in his performance Parallel Lines, become the Jahresgabe. In the performance mentioned, the barrier tapes, as objects of marking and separation, were a means of analysing the space. Writing is an essential component of Gerry Bibby’s artistic practice, which, against the background of queer theory of the dissolution of hierarchical structures, is dedicated to a patriarchal social order and creates alternative spaces.
Recently Gerry Bibbys (*1977 in Melbourne, lives in Berlin) works were shown in the Midway Contemporary Art Gallery in Minneapolis, the O-Town House in Los Angeles, the 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) such 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). Gerry Bibby is the author of the novels The Drumhead (Sternberg Press, 2014) and co-editor of the magazine Starship in Berlin.