Artist Gerry Bibby's first publication is a work of fiction that expands on the use of text in his sculpture, performance, and image work. Evoking William Burroughs
's The Wild Boys
and Robert Walser's The Walk
, these “language costumes” pay homage to an unruly tradition of radical and queer literary presences over the last century. Their captivating passages brim with wit, wry observation, and (occasional) disgust, offering viewers “ways out,” even if only while reading.
Commissioned by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, The Drumhead
follows a two-year collaboration with KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, The Showroom London, CCA Glasgow, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. The book immodestly distills these institutional encounters into a multipart narrative that delves into the lives and psyches of those in the service industry. Exhaustion and frustration besiege a set of characters and the architecture that barely contains them, all of which are cipher-like in their multiplicity (and duplicity).
The artistic production of Gerry Bibby (born 1977, lives and works in Berlin) is intentionally difficult to pinpoint, but thereby plants its foot in yet uncharted territory. He is known for works that emerge through both self-consciously complicated and calculatingly precise sculptural gestures that are inhabited by beautiful elements of text and carefully choreographed yet wildly haphazard performance. His specific blend of sculpture, poetry , and performance locates Bibby's practice as an inspiring and inventive redefinition of artistic process—one inscribed with playful subversions and strategic projections of complex cultural references.