Ryan Gander
Things that means things and things that look like they mean things

The work consists of a work inside a work. The spectator is presented with a commissioned documentary on a flat-screen Tv on the subject of the production of the making of an artwork that doesn’t exist entitled The magic and the meaning (2008). The imaginary film, The magic and the meaning,  is described only within the documentary, which follows parts of the making of the film, extracts from interviews with the writer and film maker Dan Fox and the artist and maker of the work Ryan Gander; as well as showing short slow-motion sections of the film that does not exist. The imaginary film is described as taking the form of a 16 mm black and white film study of young art students in an exhibition of Francis Bacon at Tate Britain, London. The film documents the students drawing and sketching the paintings that they see on the walls in their sketchbooks,  as an act of association to the world of art through a romantic gesture.

Ryan Gander is a collector. He keeps all sorts of documents to create from. His studio is full of found images, personal images, documents copied from internet or cutout of newspapers. In a number of his works, lectures or texts, Ryan Gander is very attached to details, to anecdotes. He relays some of the information with great concern for exactitude which can seem futile and absurd but creates the poetic shift. He seeks to highlight invisible details of daily reality. All his works are in dialogue with one another. Each title also builds on the associations and complementaries between the works. Ryan Gander was born in Chester, UK, in 1976. He lives and works in London.