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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Ryan Gander

b. 1976, United Kingdom

Ryan Gander's diverse practice includes sculpture, photography, print, design, film and installation, resulting in a unique portfolio of work best characterised by a love of storytelling through an ever-changing variety of materials and forms. Born in Chester in the northwest of England in 1976, Gander attended Manchester Metropolitan University where he studied interactive art: an art form that relies on the participation of its viewers. Upon graduating in 1999 with a first-class honours degree, he started work in a carpet shop in Chester until he travelled to Maastricht in the Netherlands to spend a year as a Post-Graduate Fine Art Research Participant at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He went on to take part in the artist residency programme of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam until 2004.

Drawing from his training as an interactive artist, Gander has frequently delivered his work as a tour of public lectures, such as the ongoing Loose Associations, which uses anecdotes to bring together otherwise disparate subjects. Gander also works with a team of technical specialists to produce more tangible works, his practice characterised by its exploration of wide spectrum of materials and techniques. In 2015, he told Ocula Magazine, 'Exhibitions that I make work off a sort of bouncing effect, moving from one medium to another, one tense to another. Mixing all devices and mechanics to make you unsure of where you are.'

Gander is a wheelchair user whose works sometimes speak to his experiences living with a long-term physical disability. A 2006 installation, Is this guilt in you too? (Cinema Verso), recreates a trip to the cinema that goes horribly wrong by trailing the confused visitor in circles as they search for a way to the screening. To create the disorienting effects, Gander filled a poorly lit gallery space at the old Whitechapel Library with illusions, obstacles and dead ends that trap the visitors. The work sheds light on some of the daily struggles for disabled people navigating our world and formed part of the Art Council's 'Adjustments' series that aimed 'to address transitional thinking on disability, equality and inclusion'. For his entry to the Venice Biennale in 2011, Gander produced The Artwork Nobody Knows, a miniature resin model of himself falling from a wheelchair as 'a self-portrait in the worst possible position'.

Gander teaches at several institutions including Goldsmiths, the Royal Academy of Arts and University of Huddersfield. As well as the Biennale of Sydney (2018) and the Venice Biennale (2011), Gander's work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale (2012), dOCUMENTA (13) (2012) and Carnegie International (2008). Gander has had several solo exhibitions including The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2017); GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul, (2017); TARO NASU, Tokyo (2016); Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); The Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2003); Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2007) and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2007). In the 2017 New Year Honours, Gander was appointed Office of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to contemporary art.

Josephine Lawson-Tancred | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderPortrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, 2014 4 colour offset lithography on Fabriano paper
76.5 x 57 cm
STPI
Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderPortrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, 2014 Offset lithography on Fabriano paper
76.5 x 57 cm
STPI
Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderPortrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, 2014 4 colour offset lithography on Fabriano paper
76.5 x 57 cm
STPI
Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderPortrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, 2014 Offset lithography on Fabriano paper
76.5 x 57 cm
STPI
Evidence of Absence by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderEvidence of Absence, 2019 Two Peli cases containing 12 glowing acrylic cubes each
Esther Schipper
Foreseeable future, or When the shadows go
the wrong way by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderForeseeable future, or When the shadows go the wrong way, 2019 Digital video (colour, silent), installation (3 curved OLED screens, ceiling mount arm); duration: 3 mins
Esther Schipper
So I see (So I see, the light is changing
constantly, as is your perspective) by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderSo I see (So I see, the light is changing constantly, as is your perspective), 2019 Acrylic panels, aluminium base and framework, LED lights, batteries, black painted wooden cube
132.5 x 110.4 x 110.4 cm
Esther Schipper
Diagram for Common Ground by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderDiagram for Common Ground, 2019 Carpet, 24 ticking cubes, stanchions
Esther Schipper

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Gander, I see you're making progress at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
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19 May–31 August 2019 Ryan Gander I see you're making progress Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Gander, Some Other Life at Esther Schipper, Berlin
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26 April–15 June 2019 Ryan Gander Some Other Life Esther Schipper, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Ryan Gander, Moonlighting at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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19 May–16 June 2018 Ryan Gander Moonlighting Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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Ryan Gander Ocula Conversation Ryan Gander Artist, United Kingdom

Constantly redefining his own practice and avoiding stylistic signature, Ryan Gander is a master of storytelling. Driven by investigation and questioning, he has worked across sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation and performance—his enigmatic environments resist clear interpretation, challenging the viewer and forcing us to...

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Rirkrit Tiravanija And Ryan Gander Ocula Conversation Rirkrit Tiravanija And Ryan Gander Artists

STPI consistently delivers a challenging and exceptional exhibition programme. Resident artists – which in the past have included Ashley Bickerton, Eko Nugroho, and Do Ho Suh – are provided with an opportunity to use the Institute’s outstanding print and paper-making facilities to create works which are then presented in the...

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In Related Press

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10th Liverpool Biennial: ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ Related Press 10th Liverpool Biennial: ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ Frieze : 17 July 2018

It was a telling coincidence that the opening of the tenth Liverpool Biennial, curated by Kitty Scott (a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Sally Tallant (Director of the Liverpool Biennial), timed with Donald Trump's state visit to the UK.

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Snow Storms and Toppled Breuer Chairs in Ryan Gander's Alternate Reality Related Press Snow Storms and Toppled Breuer Chairs in Ryan Gander's Alternate Reality Wallpaper* : 21 March 2018

Cockatoo Island, a short ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay, is the least likely place one would expect to be simultaneously cast and filmed for a motion picture set predominantly in Berkeley, California. But A-frame signage dotted around the abandoned shipyard informs visitors of their every move potentially being documented.

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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IN THE STUDIO: RYAN GANDER Related Press IN THE STUDIO: RYAN GANDER Art in America : 1 May 2017

British artist Ryan Gander is an ideas man. They are his métier and material, not just because he is a conceptual artist but also because he has an insatiable, childlike curiosity about everything. Arriving before Christmas at Gander's studio in a picturesque village in Suffolk, northeast of London, I was eager to peruse his legendary 'ideas wall,'...

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