I'm never coming back to London again is an iteration of Ryan Gander’s animatronic works set in a wall. In this particular example, Euro banknotes of the denomination of 20 are set in a 'mouse hole' broken in the gallery wall, close to the floor. Dust and pieces of plaster are scattered below the hole as if it was punched through just a moment ago. The robotics of the work slightly moves the banknotes, and the speaker plays an mp3 file with rustling sound. The resulting effect suggests that there might be a small animal, perhaps a rodent behind it, or hints to another imaginary, playful scenario.
Ryan Gander’s œuvre evokes fictional spaces, institutions and figures. His work is extremely varied, unified more by a conceptual vision than by formal appearance. It often combines fictional presence and absences, creating objects that refer to events, other absent objects, art works or persons, both real and imaginary. The voids or absences, evoked by the suggestion of missing items either named, delineated or circumscribed by traces, act as witty, sometimes lyrical invocations of the power of imagination. His attention is often focused on the playfulness and imagination of children, which is often more expansive and less restrictive than adult behavior, less encumbered by “reality”, facts and appearances.