Intangible Concepts: Art by Ryan Gander
Ryan Gander chooses to focus on intangible concepts rather than the physicality of his works, and as such, has a practice that is extremely conceptual and equally varied in terms of medium.
In some cases, his materials mimic others, for example in I Is…, a marble sculpture of an unidentifiable mass blanketed by a white shroud. In another work, a pair of animatronic cartoon eyes is set into the wall of the gallery, allowing the artwork to look back at the viewer.
Magnus Opus, animatronic eyes, sensors
Like contemporaries such as Martin Creed, Gander’s works are frequently imbued with a sense of humour - especially when it comes to critiquing the art world and galleries themselves. With titles like More really shiny things that don’t mean anything, for a large ball of stainless steel items presented in the gallery space, the artist clearly looks at the art world with a contemptuous, yet loving, sarcasm.
More really shiny things that don't mean anything, stainless steel