The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy

Ryan Gander
September 23, 2017

Ryan Gander
The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy — An institutional maze (Steptrapode), 2017
Bronze and stainless steel

210,8 cm x 114,3 cm x 76,2 cm

 

Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation

 

Exhibition view: The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2017

 

Photo © Brian Fitzsimmons

Ryan Gander
The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy — The zenith of your career (The Last Degas), 2017
Bronze and stainless steel
170 cm x 104 cm x 70 cm

 

Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation

 

Exhibition view: The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2017

 

Photo © Brian Fitzsimmons

Ryan Gander

The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy — A bright spark in a dim world (Panopticon Art School and Museum), 2017
Bronze and stainless steel

210,8 cm x 114,3 cm x 76,2 cm

 

Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation

 

Exhibition view: The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2017

 

Photo © Brian Fitzsimmons

The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy

Ryan Gander
The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas
September 23, 2017
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In September 2017, The Contemporary Austin presents The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy, three newly commissioned, site-specific outdoor sculptures by Ryan Gander. Taking the form of a ballet dancer, a model of a school, and an architectural tetrapod, these large-scale key chains are part of an ongoing series of works based on those used by Earnest Hawker, noted above. Three Rendered in cast bronze, the sentimental, hand-held forms have been enlarged, then suspended improbably from the trees of the museum’s sculpture park at Laguna Gloria, near the contemplative site of the historic wishing well. These oversized sculptures realize what the imaginary protagonist could not: while Hawker (who is an imagined version of Gander in the future) had failed to produce anything at this scale, in this parallel narrative these projects have finally manifested.

 

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