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In association with his virtual exhibition, visual artist Ryan Gander joins Princeton students for a Q&A discussion.

Natural and Conventional Signs is an exhibition in which U.K. artist Ryan Gander presents a selection of new works directly guided by his research at Princeton undertaken during his time as a Hodder Fellow (2019-2020) and made during a period of reflection while the world paused amid a global pandemic. Gander invites an audience into his studio-cum-gallery, Solid Haus in rural Suffolk, a two-hour drive east of London, digitally for the first time. There he has assembled a show in which the works have duality in meaning and utility; subverting the signs, tropes, and markers seen in the everyday world to shine new light on how we position ourselves in relation to the values of time, money, opportunity, attention and privilege.

JOIN THE Q&A DISCUSSION

For Princeton students only. Visit the Virtual Events Page and log in with Princeton University net ID in order to view the Zoom link and meeting ID.

ACCESSIBILITY

If you are in need of access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

gander in his studio, wearing white beanie and striped shirt and vest

Artist and 2019-20 Hodder Fellow at Princeton Ryan Gander. Photo by Tom Mannion.

RYAN GANDER is an artist living and working in Suffolk and London. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialize in many different forms from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides.

Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections, the fragments of an embedded story, a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own connections and invent their own narrative in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist.

Gander studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. He was awarded the 2007 Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, in 2006 won the ABN AMRO prize of the Netherlands, in 2005 he was short listed for the British art Prize ‘Becks Futures’ at the ICA in London and won the Baloise Art Statement Prize at Art Basel, in 2009 he was awarded the Zürich Art Prize.

Read Ryan Gander’s full artist bio »

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Program in Visual Arts

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