Ryan Gander - Consistent and inconsistent thinking

(Large offcut tree Leeds Beckett University and Norwich University of the Arts August 2016.) Timber, acrylic paint, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.

Ryan Gander - Consistent and inconsistent thinking

(Large offcut tree Leeds Beckett University and Norwich University of the Arts August 2016.) Timber, acrylic paint, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.

Consistent and inconsistent thinking

Large offcut tree, Leeds Beckett University and Norwich University of the Arts August, 2016.

Timber, acrylic paint

An abstract three dimensional sculpture, loosely representing the way in which an organic plant may grow, cobbled together from a pile of offcuts of timber discarded during the production of other artworks, taken from the wood workshops of various UK art schools.

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander’s complex and unfettered conceptual practice is stimulated by queries, investigations or what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. Gander is a cultural magpie in the widest sense, polymathically taking popular notions apart only to rebuild them in new ways. Language and storytelling play an overarching role in his work, not least in his series of Loose Association lectures or in his attempt to slip a nonsensical, palindromic new word, ‘mitim’, into the English language.

Occasionally his playful concepts drift into more bodily, relational challenges, especially in This Consequence (2006), involving the unsettling presence of a gallery owner or invigilator dressed in an all-white Adidas tracksuit, with a sinister red stain embroidered into the fabric. Invitation and collaboration are also at the heart of Gander’s fugitive art – whether he’s exchanging fictionalised newspaper obituaries with an artist-friend or taking pictures of people looking at pictures at an art fair – although arguably every solipsistic action he takes merely holds up yet another mirror to his ceaselessly voracious mind.

Ryan Gander, born in Chester in 1976, lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2015); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2015); Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore (2015); Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico (2015); OK Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria (2015) touring to Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry, Ireland (2014) and FRAC Île-de-France / Le Plateau, France (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2012); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2010); Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2010); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2008); the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2007 & 2003); MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2007) and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA (2007).

He has also shown in group exhibitions such as British Art Show 8, UK (2015-17); Shanghai Biennale, China (2012); documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); ILLUMInations, 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2011); 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (2008) and the Sydney Biennial, Australia (2008). Gander has been awarded numerous prizes, among others the Zürich Art Prize (2009), the ABN Amro Art Price (2006), the Baloise Art Statements of the Art Basel (2006) and the Dutch Prix de Rome for sculpture (2003). Gander is represented by Lisson gallery.

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