Make every show like it's your last

Ryan Gander
September 11 – November 1, 2015

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (seventieth attempt), 2015 (left)
LED light strip, finish rod handle, boballs and carbine clip

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty sixth attempt), 2015 (right)
Terracotta building brick, kitchen unit leg, microphone clamp, butter knife, bulb cage and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

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From left to right:

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty eighth attempt), 2015
Flat screen TV wall-mounting bracket, MiniSun lightbox

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty ninth attempt), 2015
3kg baked bean tins, spray paint and various electrical components

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty first attempt), 2015
Funnel, cable ties, fishing rod, elastic shoe lace, bungee cord, swingball sleeve, firewood, nylon ratchet straps and various electrical components

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (fifty second attempt), 2015
Camper’s canteen, car jack, cedar wood butter knife and various electrical components

 

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty fourth attempt), 2015
Metal vice, wooden off cuts, clamp, multi-use saucepan lid and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

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A lamp made by the artist for his wife (seventieth attempt), 2015
LED light strip, finish rod handle, boballs and carbine clip

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty sixth attempt), 2015
Terracotta building brick, kitchen unit leg, microphone clamp, butter knife, bulb cage and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty ninth attempt), 2015 
3kg baked bean tins, spray paint and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty eighth attempt), 2015 
Flat screen TV wall-mounting bracket, MiniSun lightbox

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A Lamp Made By The Artist For His Wife (Sixty Third Attempt), 2015 
Mechanic’s inspection lamp, house brick, bungee cables, tennis ball electrical cable, bulb, electrical fixtures and fittings

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (fifty second attempt), 2015 
Camper’s canteen, car jack, cedar wood butter knife and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty first attempt), 2015
Funnel, cable ties, fishing rod, elastic shoe lace, bungee cord, swingball sleeve, firewood, nylon ratchet straps and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixtieth attempt), 2015
Wooden dingy oar, 201 jerry can, 51 detergent container, wooden shape (function unknown), crystal glass decoration and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (fifty sixth attempt), 2015
Met cycling helmet, feathers and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (sixty fourth attempt), 2015
Metal vice, wooden off cuts, clamp, multi-use saucepan lid and various electrical components 

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

A lamp made by the artist for his wife (seventy first attempt), 2015
Kitchen roll holder, various tapes and various electrical components

 

Each one of Gander's lamps is assembled from elements that can appear entirely unsuitable for this function but cohere in unexpected ways to create touching sculptures that are functional lamps. The notion of the homemade doubles as lyrical evocations of the power of imagination and as playful interrogation of what may constitute a work of art. 

 

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Magnus opus, 2013 

Animatronic eyes, sensors

 

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We never had a lot of $ around here, 2010

Silver coin

 

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Magnus opus, 2013 

Animatronic eyes, sensors

 

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Please be patient – Penny Ever Gander smiling at Olive May Gander in the Darkness, the Midland Hotel, Manchester, Tuesday, 22nd of July, 2014, 2014

Acrylic on glass

 

The work is from a series of portraits based merely on the artist's memory, each portrait having its own palette, choice and mixing of colors. He often explores creative and cognitive processes, referring to the works from this series as “vessels for the idea”. 

 

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I is... (v), 2013

Marble resin

 

The sculptures are based on shelters ostensibly built by the artist's small daughter by covering mundane objects and furnishings with sheets to create a play den and/or fantasy space. 

 

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And What If No One Believes This Truth? (4 September), 2014
Lever arch, laser prints on paper
 
Raw and unelaborated ideas are communicated in a manner of long-lasting reproducibility. Showing the unfiltered idea directly at its source, the artist allows artistic thought processes to become apparent in their most pure and unaltered form. 

 

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I is... (vi), 2013

Marble resin

 

The sculpture is based on shelters ostensibly built by the artist's small daughter by covering mundane objects and furnishings with sheets to create a play den and/or fantasy space. 

 

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Two Hundred And Sixty Three Degrees Below Every Kind Of Zero, 2016
Fiberglass
 

A life-size replica of a helium filled balloon that appears to be floating against the ceiling of the gallery. The balloon is in fact made from fiberglass and finished in a high gloss black color.

 

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I is... (vi), 2013

Marble resin

 

The sculptures are based on shelters ostensibly built by the artist's small daughter by covering mundane objects and furnishings with sheets to create a play den and/or fantasy space. 

 

Photo © Site Photography

Magnus opus, 2013 

Animatronic eyes, sensors

 

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From front to back:

 

I is... (vi), 2013

I is... (iv), 2013

I is... (v), 2013

All works: marble resin

The sculptures are based on shelters ostensibly built by the artist's small daughter by covering mundane objects and furnishings with sheets to create a play den and/or fantasy space. 

 

Career seeking missile, 2011 (left; on the floor)

Inkjet print on paper

 

Bad language (the iconography and abstraction of tactics explored), 2015 (left wall)
Acrylic paint on canvas, vinyl

Painting with designs constructed from various graphic decals found on caravans. The designs continue from the canvases onto the wall.

 

Please be patient – Penny Ever Gander smiling at Olive May Gander in the Darkness, the Midland Hotel, Manchester, Tuesday, 22nd of July, 2014, 2014 (right wall)

Acrylic on glass

The work is from a series of portraits based merely on the artist's memory, each portrait having its own palette, choice and mixing of colors. He often explores creative and cognitive processes, referring to the works from this series as “vessels for the idea”. 

 

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Imagineering, 2013
HD video, sound

Duration 00:30 min

 

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Career seeking missile, 2011 

Inkjet print on paper

 

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Make every show like it's your last

Ryan Gander
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
September 11 – November 1, 2015
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