WWB TV. An interview with Ryan Gander
Artist Ryan Gander stages 'Loose Associations X', the latest version of the artist’s touring lecture first devised in 2001.
Gander's Loose Associations Lectures consists of a talk to image and video that draws an intriguing line between seemingly disparate points on a cultural map that includes J.R.R. Tolkien, Inspector Morse, London’s Barbican Centre and Gander’s Aunty Deva.
Ryan Gander is a conceptual artist whose practice manifests itself in a variety of forms and media, such as a children's book, a story, typography or lecture-performance. He was born in 1976 in Chester, Great Britain. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (1999), the prestigious Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (2000) and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2002).
His works often refer to 'urban' subjects situated between design and architecture creating humorous, often tautological comments on their role in the creation of urban space. Commissioned by Public Art Found, Gander made his first public sculpture in 2010 in Central Park, New York. The work, titled The Happy Prince was deemed one of the most important public art projects in recent years.
Gander's works are often shown in large international exhibitions including, amongst others: “IllumiNATIONS”, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2011); "Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside and Out”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2010); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); ”Chasing Napoleon”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); “Space at Medium”, Miami Art Museum, Miami (2009); “The Malady of Writing”, MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain (2009); “Younger than Jesus”, New Museum, New York (2009); “ Wouldn’t It be Nice”, Somerset House, London, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (2008) and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007). In 2011 Artangel commissioned his work-exhibition called Locked Room Scenario. The artist lives and works in London.