Ryan Gander

How the soul produces code (Pathological Demand Avoidance II)

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Year 2023
Medium Stickers on music paper
Dimensions 28 x 21.7 cm

About the work

Christmas themed metallic children’s stickers adhered to a found sheet music score paper by Baxter Ian Gander, the artist’s son who happens to be autistic. The positions of the stickers produce a happenstansical musical composition that can be translated by a musician

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 on narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist.

Career Highlights

Selected solo exhibitions:


Feelin’ everythin’, whilst doin’ nothin’, The Little House, LA, US


Days of Temporal Passing, RICOH, Tokyo, Japan

The Markers of Our Time, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

NO TIME, TARO NASU, Tokyo, Japan

The Gift, East Gallery, Norwich, UK

The Gift, Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, UK

Ghost Shop, Glass Exchange, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

Public commission – We are only human (incomplete sculpture for Scarborough to be

finished by snow), Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK


Wrong Time Paradigm, gb agency, Paris, France

Things Just Happen to Me, Lisson Gallery, East Hampton

Other People Place, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal

The Rates of Change, Space K, Seoul, South Korea

Natural and Conventional Signs, SOLID HAUS, Suffolk, UK

Waiting (An interval by Ryan Gander), David Roberts Foundation (online)


These are the markers of our time, Lisson Gallery, New York, USA

Nick Lodgers invites Ryan Gander, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium


The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

To employ the mistress…. It’s a French toff thing, 2015, Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Ghostwriter Subtext – (Towards a significantly more plausible interrobang), Sala

Diaz, Texas, USA

Public commission – The Green and the Gardens, Cambridge Biomedical Park,

Cambridge, UK

Some Other Life, Esther Shipper, Berlin, Germany

I see you’re making progress, Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, China

The Green and The Gardens, Cambridge Biomedical campus, Cambridge, UK


Public sculpture presentation – To Give Light (Northern Aspirational Charms),

2018, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK

Moonlighting, TARO NASU, Tokyo, Japan

The Self Righting of All Things, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Old Languages in Very Modern Style, GB Agency, Paris, France

Time moves quickly, The Bluecoat, Liverpool Biennial, UK

Good Heart, BASE / Progetti per l’arte, Florence, Italy

Other Places, 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

From five minds of great vision (The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

disassembled and reassembled to conjure resting places in the public realm), The

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Biennial, UK

Selected group exhibitions:

The Royal Academy Platinum Jubilee Gift, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham

Palace, London, UK, 2023


Transformers, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden, DE

I am nobody, are you nobody too?, Mesher, Istanbul, TR

DIRTY WORK, The Art Station, Saxmundham, UK

Une seconde d’éternité, Bource de Commerce, Paris, France

Dirty Work, The Art Station, Saxmundham, UK

Une seconde d’éternité, Bourse de Commerce, Paris, FR

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

Second Movement, STPI, SG

Glasstress – State of Mind, Berengo Studio, Murano, IT

A Modest Show, The Whitworth South Gallery, Manchester, UK

Sunset/Sunrise, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, JP

Human conditions of clay, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, UK

A World of Marble, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, DE

Portals, Lisson, London, UK

TESTAMENTS, CCA Goldsmiths, London, UK


Other Passages, Fernweh Arts, Beijing, CN

First Site Sculpture Park, First Site, Colchester, UK

Right About Now, No. 9 Cork Street, London, UK

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House, London, UK

I GOT UP, gb agency, Paris, France

Human conditions of clay, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK

Obayashi Collection, WHAT, Tokyo, Japan

How does one think of nothing?, FF Projects, Monterrey, Mexico

My Kid Could’ve Done That, The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK

Albion Barn, Little Milton, UK

En La Casa De Marques, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Paradise: Do we want a better world, Kortrijk Triennial, Kortrijk, Belgium

Lost Weekend, Yvon Lambert & Gallery Allen, Paris, France

Ouverture, Bourse de Commerce, Paris, France

Children Power, Le Plateau, Paris, France

Zirkuliere!, Stadt Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Dear Aliens, We are Ready, Baja California State Cultural Department, Tecate,


Here to Stay, MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy

In-Situ Works, Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection, Paris, France


Alles im Wunderland, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany

It is very difficult to be an island of perfection in a sea of misery, but please do not

doubt our sincerity’ W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Index, Museo MARCO, Mexico City, Mexico

Photography to the test of abstraction, Frac Normandie Rouen, France

Passing-Time (online exhibition), www.passing-time.org

The Double Headed Coin, Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards on Sea, UK

Grands soirs et Petits matins, Perrotin Gallery, Paris, France

Dance First, Think Later, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK

PS81E, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany

Hyundai 50 Part II, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

Collection 1: Transgressing Line, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Hippo Campus: Where we learn, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance,


Brainwashed, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Scrivere disegnando, quand la langue cherche son autre, Centre d’Art

Contemporain Genève, Switzerland

Paper Works, TARO NASU, Tokyo, Japan

Momentum, Voorlinden, The Hague, The Netherlands


Department of Carving and Modeling Section II: Form and Volume, Cristina

Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

De Expokoelkast 2, Garage Noord, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Playing Out, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

THE ESTATE, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia

Oversharing, Friends Indeed, San Francisco, USA

Museum, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany

THE ESTATE, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Salacgrīva, Latvia

Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick?, Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium

Intimate distance, MOCO, Montpellier, FR ‘()’, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto,


Of Any Actual Person Living or Dead, Marcelle Alix, Paris, France

Time Kills – Time based art from Julia Stoschek Collection, SESC, São Paulo,


Jews, Money, Myth, The Jewish Museum, London, UK

Hate Speech, Aggression and Intimacy, Künstlerhaus Graz, Graz, Austria

The Historian’s Craft, ICA Milano, Milan, Italy

In My Shoes: Art and the Self Since the 1990s, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,

Aberystwyth, UK

Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London, UK


Fleeting Exists, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

Knock, Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London, UK

Open Call, Atlas House, Annual Ipswich Biennial, UK; MusMex Shoreditch,

London, UK

Beautiful world, where are you?, The Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Biennial,


In My Shoes: Art and the Self Since the 1990s, Attenborough Center, UK

Summer Exhibition 2018, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK

Dime-Store Alchemy, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA

Velvet Ropes, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

KADIST: General Rehearsal, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

In My Shoes: Art and the Self Since the 1990s, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

Other Places, Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia

Chair, Chair, Chair, Lamp, Table, Bed, Sofa, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen,


Triennial of Contemporary Art by Sea, Beaufort Triennial, Koksijde, Belgium

GAUDIOPOLIS, Kulturstiftung Des Bundes, Project Leitung, Leipzig, Germany

RESONANCE by Frac Normande Rouen, Musee des Beaux-arts de Rouen, Rouen,


Degas: A Passion for Perfection, Denver Art Museum, Colorado, CO, USA

The Stories of Almost Everyone, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

ZEIGEN. An Audio Tour through the Collection of NMAO, National Museum of

Osaka, Japan

Darbyshire, Gander, Pica, Starling, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of

Peanuts, Somerset House, London, UK

Re:Collecting / Curatoren VBCN OPEN 2018, Museum Singer, Laren, Netherlands

Pacific Breeze, White Conduit Projects, London, UK

TRACÉ, Josée et Marc Gensollen, La Fabrique, Marseille, Fance

Atypical Curated Project (Chinese Whispers), Meessen De Clerq, Brussels,


I’m just resting my eyes (Pavement encounter), MusMex Shoreditch, London, UK

The Annotated Reader, curated by Ryan Gander, London, UK


← Neil Gall

On the Beach

Laura Gannon →


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