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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

Ryan Gander

Het Spel (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism)

Presented by Lisson Gallery
Location: Champagne Lounge
Pier 94
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Curator's Statement

In 1918, Belgian abstract sculptor and painter and founding member of the De Stijl group, George Vantongerloo created Komposition Aus Dem Ovoid (Composition from the ovoid). Over a hundred years later, Ryan Gander comically revisits this artwork with Het Spel (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism) (2019), an enlarged and swollen form made of up of ovoids covered in multi-colored artificial fur balls, exhibited on a white plinth.

Presented by Lisson Gallery.

About the Artist

Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester, UK) 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, as well as a reinvention of both the modes of appearance and the creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, or a network with multiple connections and the fragments of an embedded story. It is ultimately a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own associations and invent their own narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist.