Ryan Gander with Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates

Ryan Gander, Key performance indicator i, ii & iii (Habitual Abstraction). Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Jack Hems

Ryan Gander, Tell my mother not to worry, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ken Adlard

Ryan Gander, Key performance indicator i, ii & iii (Habitual Abstraction). Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Jack Hems

Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester, UK) is an artist living and working in London and Suffolk, UK. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, his artworks materialise in many different forms: from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more. Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. 

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, Ryan Gander has devised a project called Time Moves Quickly. The artist is working collaboratively with five children from Knotty Ash Primary School in Liverpool, aged between six and ten, to produce a series of artworks for a group exhibition at Bluecoat, as well as a series of five bench-like sculptures at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and artistic film exploring the activities carried out in the workshops. In addition, a family programme and digital curriculum resource for primary and secondary schools will be made available.

For the public artworks, Gander will dissect the cathedral into a series of simple ‘building blocks’ that will be reassembled into different configurations by the children. These maquettes will be reproduced on a larger scale as public seating situated within the cathedral grounds. Taken as a whole, the workshops, public artworks and exhibitions will demonstrate how children can expand their imagination and realise their potential and agency through art. This project was inspired by the Montessori methodology, a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.

He has exhibited internationally for over a decade, including at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2017); Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2016); Manchester Art Gallery, UK (2014); Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); Tate Liverpool, UK (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2010).


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