Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester, UK) lives and works in London and Suffolk. Studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL; and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts of the Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to Contemporary Arts. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms including sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, and performance. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections, the fragments of an embedded story, a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own connections and invent their own narrative in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist. Select solo exhibitions include Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BE; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US; Lisson Gallery, London, UK; Contempory Art Gallery, Vancouver, CA; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU; Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, SG; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, MX; TARO NASU, Tokyo, JP; and gb agency, Paris. Major projects include Performa 15, New York, US; British Art Show 8, Leeds, UK; Panorama, High Line, New York, US; Imagineering, Okayama Castle, Okayama, JP; The artists have the keys, 2 Willow Road, London, UK; Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, CH; Parcours, Art Basel, Basel, CH; Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, G; Locked Room Scenario, commissioned by Artangel, London, UK; ILLUMInations at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; Intervals, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, US; and The Happy Prince, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, NYC, US.

Last updated: 08.03.2017