Bert Gilbert is a multi-disciplinary British artist.
Her process is one of re-discovering a universal 'Sacred Heritage’, the foundation of primordial cosmologies (Mircea Eliade: Rites and Symbols of Initiation ) witnessed within myth, nature rituals, folkloric storytelling and music.
Gilbert is creating her own mythology with each work forming its particular part of the sacred and secular whole.
Her work is artefact, installation, wardrobe and performance. Laced with dark humour using a lexicon of hybrid symbology they create a visceral language of expression and simultaneously operate as elements of transferred emotional states. Her focus currently is exploring the dark feminine.
Gilbert’s ritualised and obsessive methods are in turn energetic and meditative. What they make signifies a rite of passage, from one state to another, operating as alchemical relics of this transformation, in all their material sensuality.
One can read this as both redemptive personal journey or a template for a societal shift. A calling for a ritualised rewiring of the collective consciousness in a high capitalist society obsessed with appearances alone.
1998 - June 2003 BA (Hons)Fine Art. 1st class
Central St Martin’s college of Art and Design
1997 – Sept 1998 BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies-Distinction
Central St Martin’s college of Art and design
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Longlist for Solo Award
2018 Shortlist for Aesthetica Art prize
2017 Shortlist for Charlie Smith Anthology
2017 Shortlist for Ashurst Emerging Art prize
2017 Art residency, London Creative Network Programme @ Space Studios, Hackney.
2016 Art residency, Directional Forces, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London sponsored by UEL
2016 Art residency, Directional Forces @ Artoll Bedburg-Hau Germany sponsored by UEL
2015 Art residency @ Mad agency. LA SIRA, Asineres sur Seine. Paris
2013 Best innovation at The Erotic Awards for the BOTTOM BLUSHERS
Did you eat Yoko Ono? Studio show, Seven Sisters, London.
Bert Gilbert, Izzet Ers, Sarah Derat and Rachel McRae
LCN Showcase @ Space Studios, Hackney, London.
The Center Cannot Hold. Istanbul. Turkey.
Curated by Suzanne Ergeran, Featuring artists : Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sarah Crowner,Jason Martin, Gunes Terkol, Bert Gilbert and Izzet Ers, Hayv Kahraman, Ali Emir Tapan, Roni Horn
Directional Forces. Trinity Buoy Wharf, London sponsored by UEL
BSMT, A Year Underground, Group Show, Dalston
Symposium @ UEL, London.
Dot to Dot, London.
Post-sexual: Fringe Festival, Mill co project, London
Death in Dalston BSMT Space, London
Mad Agency. La Sira. Asinere sur Seine, Paris
10 X 10. Article 25, The Shard, London
BT Artbox. Covent Garden, London
Faces and Traces. 286 Gallery, Earl's Court. London
Installation in the Air. Spitafields.London
Glitterbug. Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc, Hackney.London
• Group show featuring artists Gavin Turk, Rachel Whitehead and Sir Peter Blake.
Beasts Royal, House of Fairy Tales. Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc, Hackney. London
• Group show featuring artists Gavin Turk, Rachel Whitehead and Sir Peter Blake
God Spank The Queen in association with Coco de Mer, Brick Lane. London
• Solo show, Launching Bottom blushers in an evening of improvised performance hosted by artists in residence at the Tate: Robin and Partridge
The Horn of Plenty, House of Fairy Tales, Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc, Hackney. London
• Group show featuring artists such as Gavin Turk, Rachel Whitehead and Sir Peter Blake
Exquisite Trove, House of Fairy Tales, at The New Art Gallery,Walsall
• Touring show, the collection exhibited at Millennium Gallery, St Ives
Art Against Knives, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Tales from the Seaside. Brighton
• Collective Street art Show Featuring Zeus, Bortusk Leer, Pinky, Discreet, Eine, David Walker
The Full English, Jealous Gallery Crouch End, and London
• Group show celebrating the best talent n British Screen printing, featuring Bansky, Hurst, D-face, Gary Hume, James Flames, Nick Walker.
Outside In. Brick lane
• Group Street art show Featuring Zeus, Dscreet, Mighty monkey
The Evil Children at Bigger Picture Gallery, Soho, London
• Solo show
The Fundamental Truth at The Foundry, Old street, London
Twisted Thoughts at Canvas, Kings Cross, London
Afar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Dead or a laugh at Best, Clerkenwell, London
• Solo show of new work
Rock and roll suicides at Deluxe gallery, Hoxton, London
Perverted science: the future starts here, Hoxton, London
• Sponsored by G-Shock and Casio featuring Kim Jones, Andrew Rae and The Peepshow Collective
Future Systems at The Lethaby Gallery, Southampton Row, London
Bert Industries at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, London
• Solo show
Launch of Bert Industries at Studio 5a Gallery, London
• Sponsored by Princes Trust, Rare Basics and affiliated with The Clerkenwell Artists Association.
PERFORMANCE AND LIVE ART
Moon the Moon: The Scapegoat Ritual. Alsa Craig, Scotland
Guerilla Spankatron, Oxford Circus, London
Baptism by fire Vol. II The Scapegoat. Paris
Baptism by fire Vol. I The Scapegoat. Epping Forest London
God Spank the Queen Happening 02 Art Car Boot, Brick lane, London.