Artist // John Gerrard
Title // Persevering Down the Hill
Location // Bankers Hall - 315 8 Avenue SW (Second Floor)
Article // Kristy Archibald & Jenna Cavanagh
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!
A: I am a born and raised Calgarian who is a visual artist. I went to ACAD to do a drawing degree and then worked as a commercial sign maker. I decided to go out on my own a couple years ago.
Q: Tell us about the work you usually do as an artist.
A: I try to create an energy with my work, and like to make things as complicated as possible while still being balanced.
Q: How would you describe your artistic “style”?
A: Interesting mark making. A celebration of the character of paint and abstract form.
Q: What is one of your most recent projects, or a project you’re most proud of working on?
A: I did 31 pieces for this past summer's Stampede Dream home. That pushed me to create work I wouldn't have otherwise, and I am thankful for that.
Q: What was the inspiration or story behind your window art/animation in the 2017 Northern Reflections Window Exhibition?
A: I wanted to do something fun and I always had a great time skiing when I was younger. Penguins are my favorite animal.
Q. How did the AR aspect of this exhibition influence how you created your window/ how you animated this window?
A: It was very challenging. It was hard to meet the AR requirements while staying true to my style.
Q: In your opinion, what makes Calgary a special place to be in the wintertime?
A: It is harsh and something to escape. The mountains are beautiful. There is something very special about hibernating in the studio during the winter months.
Q: What would you say to convince Calgarians to come downtown and interact with the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition?
A: Do it!
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