A Moving Object, or Weighs a Ton, 2017 (Enamel Flake 99 Ice-cream)
15 x 35 x 20 cm
An ice cream cone sits upside down on the floor, as if it has accidentally been dropped a moment ago. The ice cream, sprinkled with colorful pieces of candy, is still solid near the cone and melting away where it has made contact with the floor.
Made from painted bronze, the small life-size sculpture alludes in a playful manner to profound and existential issues. Ryan Gander observed a child dropping an ice cream and came to understand this experience as a primary lesson of regret: Before this incident, everything was perfectly fine, but afterwards, everything has changed. It is not possible to go back in time to undo the occurrence – even the most intense regret will not help achieve that. Thus as a temporal marker, the dropped ice cream not only stands for one-time decisive points on the linear axis between past and future, but also for the futility of regret, perhaps especially that of an adult regarding childhood.
A Moving Object, or Weighs a Ton, 2017 (Enamel Flake 99 Ice-cream) juxtaposes the fragility of the representation with the strength of its actual materiality – as bronze, the ice cream is “frozen” in its state of beginning dissolution. In addition, as cast of a dropped ice cream, the work combines notions of the intentional and the accidental.