Ryan Gander : New Collisions in Culturefield
09 September – 22 October 2011
The art of Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester, GB) calls for his audience to be highly curious, playful and intellectually flexible. His works are visually surprising and attractive and entice the audience to investigate the reason for their allure. By striving to getting to the bottom, the viewer gets drawn into a vortex of humorous or serious associations, references and visual or linguistic innuendos that lead into a labyrinth with no end or exit. Rhetorical or formal wit serves as bait, and by engaging further one enters an eerie game of uncertainties and relativizations. Ryan Gander takes his penchant for deconstruction and re-combination to extremes and penetrates all aspects of the world, practically the whole spectrum from personal and familiar experiences to the work of his artist colleagues and friends, from art historical references to social and everyday phenomena.
Ryan Gander lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions of his work were shown at important international institutions, among them the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MUMOK, Vienna; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; South London Gallery, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Villa Arson, Nice and Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich. He won many awards and is also represented at this year’s Biennale di Venezia – Illuminations / Illuminazioni.