Ryan Gander (1976, Chester, England) is an artist whose work ranges from installations, sculptures and photographs to performative lectures, publications, inventions and interventions. Gander examines the conditions of art production and the cognitive process of the perception of art. His body of works forms a labyrinth of inter-related narratives often based on real incidents or characters or existing artworks. 'Absence' plays a central role in Gander's work and lends the works an enigmatic aura. It invites the viewer to re-establish a story's hidden character or object's possible function and by that illuminates the process of making meaning of a work of art.
Having completed a research residency at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, Gander participated in the artists' residency program of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His recent projects and exhibitions include The National Museum of Art, Osaka, (2017), Lisson Gallery, New York (2016), Scrapmetal, Toronto (2016), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2015), ACCA, Melbourne (2015), The National Art Trust, London (2014), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012),Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2011), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast corner of Central Park, New York (2010); MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (2010); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, (2008); 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and many others.
Gander has published a number of books. Among which a TV script 'Appendix, Appendix, A Proposal for a TV Series by Ryan Gander and Stuart Bailey' (2007) and a recent monograph, entitled 'Catalogue Raisonnable Vol: 1' co-published by JRP|Ringier and Thea Westreich/Ethan Wagner Publications (2010).
Ryan Gander won numerous prestigious 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' (2003). Alongside his artistic production, Gander is a visiting lecturer at several art schools within Europe and writes regularly for art and design periodicals.