Protest Crowd, London, Version 4, Sideview (Extinction Rebellion, Oxford Circus, October 2019)

Joy Gerrard (1971 - )

ink on paper mounted on aluminium

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    In this complex monochrome drawing made with Japanese ink, Gerrard remakes media-sourced crowd images from Extinction Rebellion protests that took place in London in October 2019. Gerrard’s crowds are viewed from above and are repeatedly framed within constraining built environments. Here, the artist has captured a side view of Oxford Circus with crowds gathering around the symbolic ‘Tell the truth’ pink boat used by Dame Emma Thompson as a stage to address the protesters. Gerrard’s painterly drawings evoke a complex and expressive meditation on the figure of the crowd during transformational moments. This constant tension invites a reflection on the place of art, image archiving, live reporting and representation.
  • About the artist
    Joy Gerrard (born 1971) is known for her work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Her recent work on the Black Lives Matter movement was included in The Golden Thread Gallery’s 2020 ‘Not Alone’ touring exhibition. 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. Gerrard completed a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2020 and is an Associate Member of the RHA, Dublin.
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    Protest Crowd, London, Version 4, Sideview (Extinction Rebellion, Oxford Circus, October 2019)
    ink on paper mounted on aluminium
    height: 49.7; width: 64.8 cm; depth: 3.8 cm
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 18 March 2021
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