Ryan Gander

Portrait of Mary Auroré Somewhere between 1970 and 1973, 2003

Black and white photography
15 x 20 cm
5.9 x 7.9 in
Edition: 3/5

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Artist Ryan Gander made his debut at documenta 13: "I need some meaning I can memorize (The Invisible Pull)" is an interactive work consisting of ...

Artist Ryan Gander made his debut at documenta 13: "I need some meaning I can memorize (The Invisible Pull)" is an interactive work consisting of six aerators hidden from the viewer. Entering the Fridericianum, visitors found the first two rooms empty; only a slight breeze could be felt, "drawing people into the space," Gander said. Five years of work and technical development were necessary to realize the work. With it, Gander explored the issue of how large spaces can be captures by small ideas.

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"Motivational Instruments" - this is what British conceptual artist Ryan Gander calls his fictional characters, which have gone from synonyms to the core and substance of his work. Mary Auroré is one of these fictional characters, whose identity cannot be determined, but who appears in various works. As part of the Baloise collection, Mary Auroré is associated with Gander's mother. In the black and white photograph "Portrait of Mary Auroré", sitting by the sea and wearing sunglasses, she looks directly into the camera.

Ryan Gander works with a variety of techniques: from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation and performance. In doing so, he explores associative thought processes that connect the everyday with the esoteric, the unconscious with the visible. Through his work, Gander questions language and knowledge, reinventing both the manifestations and the making of an artwork. His practice is reminiscent of a web with multiple connections, linking fragments into an embedded story. Ultimately, it is a vast array of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging the viewer to develop their own associations.

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