Ryan Gander belongs to the generation of post-Conceptual artists working with media -- and life -- as if it were language. Yet, the experience is sensorial, and physical. Regarding one of Gander's installations, one has the uncanny feeling of being part of the work, whether it is in relation to a stick as a lamp, or a small sheaf of papers on the floor. Surfing from performances, lectures, and clothing as art, to books that look like ziggurats, Gander has developed a practice that defies easy definition. A recent exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo featured a classic Gander work -- a Modernist chaise longue facing a window behind which the most banal household objects flowed by on a conveyor belt, like at a sushi bar. Gander's take on design, signage, communication, language, exhibition structures, and the role of the artist, are interwoven with ever-increasing complexity and daring.
Born 1976, Chester, UK
Lives and works in London, UK
Recent exhibitions by Ryan Gander have taken place at MuMOK, Vienna (2007), Villa Arson, Nice (2009), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2010), Artangel, London (2011), and CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2012).