Ian Gerson makes site-specific immersive installations comprised of built structures, large scale paintings, lighting effects, and handmade and collected objects. Their work is inspired by the night as a realm for enhanced possibilities, a time when people, especially queer and trans people can express themselves in their freakiness, wildness, and in-betweenness. By exploring and celebrating the culture of nightlife, the potential in the future, and the wonders of the natural world, they question what is nature and what is so-called “natural.” Ian makes art as a tool to engage with a range of audiences and to break down social constructs and boundaries between our labeled groups. With a focus on impacting people viscerally, the projects prompt viewers to recognize their own power over themselves and to imagine alternate ways to be in the world.
Ian attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016 and received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Past residencies and fellowships include the NYFA Fellowship for Environmental Structures (2016), the MacDowell Colony (2015), Millay Collony (2015), Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace Program (2015), A.I.R. Gallery’s Fellowship Program (2012-2013), LMCC’s Swing Space (2011), and Socrates Sculpture Park (2010).