Esperluette by Ryan Gander inaugurates the Bibliothèques d’artiste program. The title of this exhibition designates the logogram “&”
An heir to the legacy of Conceptual Art, Ryan Gander (b. 1976) attracted particular interest through his works, emerging at the forefront of the international art scene soon after 2000. He recently participated in the Venice Biennial (2011) and in dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel (2012). His work, according to a principle of associative thinking, involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of the appearance and creation of the artwork.
With Esperluette Ryan Gander inaugurates the “bibliothèque d’artiste” program of the Palais de Tokyo. He establishes a close parallel between the space of the work and the place of the psyche, the procession of objects and the ponderings of the mind. He offers an exhibition in which the works are reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections.
Scattered throughout the building, the various elements (sound installation, books and the central installation Ampersand, a sort of slideshow of everyday objects) are the fragments of an embedded story. Behind this interpretation on several levels there is a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging visitors to make their own connections, and invent their own stories in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist.