Make every show like it’s your last
October 4 to November 29, 2014
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CCA is pleased to present Make every show like it’s your last, the first solo exhibition on the island of Ireland by artist Ryan Gander.
Ryan Gander’s artistic practice is complex, playful and inquisitive. He has been described as a ‘cultural magpie’, who gleans information from multiple sources including advertising, art history, and his own family life.
In Make every show like it’s your last, the imaginary and real overlap and personal experiences are combined with the historical. The exhibition at CCA includes I is…(v), in which a den - created by the artist’s young daughter using a chair, a double bed sheet, a folding mattress and a cushion - is replicated in marble; combining the classical and monumental with the immediacy of a structure made by a child at play. In another work included in the CCA exhibition, Imagineering, Gander hired an advertising agency to create a short, fictional TV campaign designed to ‘promote imagination in the British public’. The film, scripted by Gander, appears to have been commissioned by the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and is presented as both an artwork and a commercial. In In Use - (Alchemy Box # 39), a sealed ‘In use’ illuminated sign usually found outside hospital examination rooms is installed in the gallery with its light turned off. The box contains objects from the collection of the artist on the subject of ‘power, corruption and lies’. They remain hidden, but a rubdown transfer text on a wall close to the sign discloses a description of the objects within.
Over the last 15 years, Gander’s inventive, trans-disciplinary practice has included the production of books, scripts and plays; dinner floor plans; a cocktail compendium; designer trainers; a clothing line; a series of lamps designed by the artist for his wife, made from ad hoc materials; and a large sculpture designed for the lions at Mexico City Zoo, amongst many others works. Make every show like it’s your last presents the experimentations of an artist who is considered one of the most influential of his generation; described by the BBC as ‘one of the world’s most exciting young talents … who challenges our preconceptions about conceptual art while imparting an infectious enthusiasm and curiosity for the world around him’.
Make every show like it’s your last at CCA is presented as part of an international touring programme. Ryan Gander’s new book, Culturefield, co-published by CCA on the occasion of the Make every show like it’s your last, will be available for sale in the CCA library. Culturefield includes texts by Jonathan P Watts, Nigel Prince, Maria Balshaw, Xavier Franceschi, Rebecca May Marston (&co), and former CCA directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh.
Make every show like it’s your last opens on October 4th at 6pm and runs until November 29th, 2014.
Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester) lives and works in London and Suffolk. He graduated from the B.A. Interactive Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999, the Jan van Eyck Academy, Amsterdam in 2000, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, in 2002. Gander’s work has been shown in institutions world-wide. Recent solo exhibitions include: Manchester Art Gallery (2014); FRAC île-de-France / Le Plateau (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2012); and Locked Room Scenario, commissioned by Artangel, London (2012). Recent group exhibitions include: the Shanghai Biennale (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); and the Venice Biennale (2011). Ryan Gander is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London; gb agency, Paris; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; and Taro Nasu, Tokyo.