Ryan Gander, Detail of Ampersand, 2012. © Ryan Gander, 2012.Reproduced by permission. All rights reserved
Ryan Gander,Detail of ‘Ampersand’, 2012. © Ryan Gander, 2012. Reproduced by permission. All rights reserved
28th September 2012 — 07th January 2013
Esperluette at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris will be part of the Palais de Tokyo’s recurring programme Bibliothèques d’artiste, which invites artists to display the implicit connections in their mental universe.
Gander, whose current exhibition The Fallout of Living continues at Lisson Gallery, London, until 24 August 2012, will inaugurate the programme with the installation Ampersand (2012) – the English word for “esperluette”. Coinciding with the show at the Palais de Tokyo, Gander will also release the book Ampersand – Notes on a Collection, to be published September 2012 by Dent-De-Leone, London.
Ampersand presents the viewer with a giant white cube, closed and impenetrable. A small opening permits the viewer to stealthily observe a scrolling series of objects on a conveyor belt. These objects taken from everyday life, ordinary and insignificant, come from Ryan Gander’s personal collection. A total of more than 60 elements are presented, including Albers Fire Bricks and French Roof Tiles, An Amazon Box, Jobs’ Keyboard, a Leica M9, Smoked Vodka, Sound Effect Props, Spray Paint and a Stab Vest amongst other diverse paraphernalia.