IMAGE: Ryan Gander, Imagineering, 2013. ©Ryan Gander. Courtesy the artist.
Talk: Ryan Gander
Friday, September 11 2015, 4:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 West Hastings St.
Join us for a conversation between British artist Ryan Gander and CAG Director Nigel Prince, a playful discussion about the themes and ideas present in Gander's exhibition Make every show like it's your last.
The ambitious exhibition at the CAG, his first solo presentation in Canada, includes new and recent works centred on the artist's ongoing conceptual investigations and playful cultural cross references.
Ideas of concealment, accessibility in every sense, and of a deliberate obfuscation has been a constant ploy for Gander. Works are characterized by a conceptual as well as formal rigour, often drawing together a layered range of sources and referents. For example in the video and associated off-site poster campaign, Imagineering (2013), there is a clear sense of play in the way work is constructed, and play as both an intellectual mode as well as a physical activity. The series of sculptures I is ... (2013) evince a smart way with the art of storytelling in an immensely complex yet subtly coherent body of work which in its combination of the personal with the historical, delivers an emotional pull that is not only intellectually arresting, but also affecting in its humour, its delight in suggesting a dialogue between seemingly disparate objects or provoking associations tinged of sadness.
The conversation is co-presented by the CAG and SFU Galleries.
Make every show like it's your last
SEP 11 - NOV 1 2015
Contemporary Art Gallery
The exhibition is organized by CAG and produced in collaboration with Frac Île de France - Le Plateau, Paris; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland; OK Offenes Kulturhaus / Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
Produced alongside the exhibition is Culturefield, an expansive 288 page publication available for a special exhibition price of $50.