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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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.

Biography by Josephine Lawson-Tancred | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Agent of Absence by Ryan Gander contemporary artwork
Ryan GanderAgent of Absence, 2019 LED holographic display
43 x 43 x 9 cm
Esther Schipper
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

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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British artist Ryan Gander's vending machine sells art for $600 a pop Related Press British artist Ryan Gander's vending machine sells art for $600 a pop CNN : 5 October 2019

Would you try your luck with a vending machine that dispenses random artworks for a £500 fee (about $640)? British artist Ryan Gander's latest art installation is on display at London's Taro Nasu gallery as part of Frieze, an annual arts fair taking place in the city's Regent's Park.

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Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Related Press Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Telegraph : 3 October 2019

It can be tiring traipsing around the annual Frieze London art fair in Regent's Park – which is why, when you pass Tokyo gallery Taro Nasu's booth, you may find yourself drawn to a black vending machine.If you're after refreshment, though, prepare for disappointment – because this automated device is an installation by British conceptual artist...

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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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