Ryan Gander studio visit
On Tuesday 7 April 2020, Ossian Ward of the Lisson Gallery hosted a live virtual walk-through of Ryan Gander's studio, where the artist provided insight into the new works in his studio – including a philosophical animatronic mouse, ghostly apparitions, fake snow drifts, a man crafted from graphite and other friends. The live tour was conducted via video-conferencing on two separate occasions with hundreds of invitees. Images and documentation of works included in this tour follow the full video of the studio visit.
Gander's work The End (2020) will inaugurate the 'Focus' presentation for Lisson Gallery's Online Exhibitions from 25 – 31 May.
Studio tour conducted via Zoom, Tuesday 7 April, 2020
A life sized figurative sculpture cast in graphite, depicting a bit-part actor waiting back stage to perform their scene during a rehearsal. The figure stands leaning against a wall of the gallery that is marked with graphite at places where the figure could have come into contact with the wall. This Bit Part Player (Balthazar, Merchant of Venice; Act 3, Scene 4) is dressed in actual clothing, white, yet marked with graphite that has rubbed off their form.
Motifs of sight and visibility appear in a series of recent sculptures by the artist that consist of grand mirrors or hidden dens over which marble dust sheets have been draped. While these partially covered mirrors might be found in a closed-up stately home, their crisply sculpted draperies teasingly shroud the reflections that lie behind. The impenetrability of Gander's dens – this one made by his four-year-old daughter from laundry airing rack, broom handles, tape and stapler – frustrates viewers and starkly reveals the barriers inherent to self-realisation.
Conditions that will reshape you (Because you bequeath yourself redundant to conditions that will reshape you) 2018
Acrylic, LED panels
252.5 x 175 x 85 cm
99 3/8 x 68 7/8 x 33 1/2 in
A glowing staircase offers everyone a shot at redemption and some unknown glory in the hereafter, or at least in the daylight. Gander plays with the human desire for knowledge, while purposely thwarting entry into this imagined/remembered world.
Portrait photo credit: Jon Gorrigan, Lavenham Jackets.