The Showroom

Gerry Bibby: The Drumhead


Edited by Natasha Soobramanien



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.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Gerry Bibby: Combination Boiler at The Showroom and 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).

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.

Published by Sternberg Press
November 2014, English
13.2 x 20 cm, 118 pages, softcover
Design by HIT
ISBN 978-3-95679-065-2


Gerry Bibby's The Drumhead is available for purchase at The Showroom. Please contact** Seema Manchanda for sales and information.

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    Exhibition Gerry Bibby: Combination Boiler

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    Video Emily Pethick in conversation with Gerry Bibby

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    Event Gerry Bibby in conversation with David Bussel, Céline Condorelli and Jessica Vaughan