Gerry Bibby’s project Combination Boiler launched The Showroom’s part of the first year of the three-year How to work together programme.
The Showroom commissioned the Berlin-based Australian artist following his contribution to Frieze Projects at the Frieze Art Fair in 2013.
In early 2014, Bibby took up 'residence' at The Showroom, planning interventions – largely focused on the gallery's heating system – to be presented at his exhibition in spring 2014. The resulting works explored the dynamic of the artist/commissioner relationship and the creative potential of the gallery's logistical idiosyncrasies.
The project fed into the launch in November 2014 of Bibby's publication The Drumhead, which was initiated by Amsterdam-based performance platform If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution, and partnered by Kunsthaus Bregenz, CCA Glasgow, the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and The Showroom.
Bibby is in the process of developing a limited edition for The Showroom using material from his exhibition.
This project is part of How to work together, a shared programme of commissioning and research organised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.