The 500 Million Year Collaboration

Ryan Gander
October 19 – December 8, 2019

My family before me, 2006 (left)
Framed black and white photograph

 

Equivalent Economies and Equivalent Means, 2018 (right)
Vending machine, stones, 10‘000 €

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

My family before me, 2006
Framed black and white photograph

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Equivalent Economies and Equivalent Means, 2018

Vending machine, stones, 10‘000 €

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

I’m never coming back to Paris again, 2019
Animatronics, Swiss Francs

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Upside down Breuer chair after a couple of inches of snowfall, 2017 (left)
Wassily Model B3 chair, marble resin

 

By physical or cognitive means (Broken Window Theory date 4 July), 2019 (right)
Emulsion paint, duct tape, reinforced broken glass, aluminum frame

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

I is … (xii), 2015 (front)
Marble resin

 

Confounded by choice, or, You are demanding already (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability), 2019 (back)

Stainless steel, brass, aluminum wire

 

By physical or cognitive means (Broken Window Theory date 21 May), 2019 (right)
Emulsion paint, duct tape, reinforced broken glass, aluminum frame

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

I is … (xii), 2015
Marble resin

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Confounded by choice, or, You are demanding already (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability), 2019
Stainless steel, brass, aluminum wire

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

2000 year collaboration (The Prophet), 2018
Animatronic mouse, audio

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Exhibition view: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Retrospective Study for Dramaturgical Framework (Torso of a youthful athlete…), 2019
Marble resin, stainless steel, wax

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Evidence of Absence, 2019
Peli cases, acrylic cubes, LED’s

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Evidence of Absence, 2019 (detail) (front)
Peli cases, acrylic cubes, LED’s

 

Staccato Reflections, 2017 (back)
Monitor, glass, metal stand, mirrors, plants
Duration: 26:09 min

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

Exhibition view: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

The paradigm convulsed, 2019 (detail)
Acrylic cubes, metronomes

 

Photo © Gunnar Meier

The 500 Million Year Collaboration

Ryan Gander
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
October 19 – December 8, 2019
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Many of the works shown in The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Ryan Gander’s most comprehensive institutional exhibition to date, focus on notions of time and the perception of the self. The title the artist has chosen for his exhibition asserts an inconceivable temporal dimension. A collaboration over 500 million years? Between man and earth? Is it a look into the past or to the future?

 

What Gander calls “culturefield” is an imaginary, dreamlike parallel world, a kind of playing field on which exemplary visions can be put to the test and proposed. In the exhibition in Bern, many works revolve around the economy of attention which adapts to constantly changing technologies.

 

Gander doesn’t make it easy for the viewers who like to reduce artist and artworks to a specific artistic identity. His oeuvre defies being tied down to a single style and his works are often impossible to identify, because Gander pursues not one but a plurality of practices. As an artist, he looks for the particular form and visual language his inventiveness requires. Over the years, this has resulted in a highly complex system in which his works can be shifted into ever new relationships.

 

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