Born in Chester (UK) in 1976, Ryan Gander studied Interactive Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University (1996–1999). In 2000 he spent a year at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht as an art researcher, before doing a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam the following year. In 2011 he took part in the Venice Biennale and in 2012 he was at Documenta in Kassel, where he showed his piece I Need Some Meaning I Can Memorise (The Invisible Pull): a draft blowing through a big empty room.
Playing on narrative and subversion – for example, at the Kunsthalle Bern in 2019 a little mouse peeked out from behind a plinth and, in the voice of the artist’s own daughter, recited the speech of Charlie Chaplin’s Dictator – his work revisits, in an often humorous mode, the field of conceptual art using a variety of mediums (sculpture, installation, interactive devices, performance, video, design, writing). Gander has had solo shows around the world, notably in Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Mexico as well as London, where he now lives and works.
I is… (i), 2012
96 x 165 x 122 cm