Esther Schipper – Ryan Gander’s solo exhibition at the Gallery Weekend

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend 2019, Esther Schipper is pleased to present Ryan Gander’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Entitled ‘Some Other Life’, the exhibition will feature new works—architectural interventions, sculptures, installations, and a video—all articulated around the notion of illumination and enlightenment, both physical and metaphorical.

Furthermore, Gander will present a new development in his recent series of animatronic mice. In I… I… I…, a white mouse shows its head through a hole broken through the gallery wall, close to the floor. The robotic animal attempts to deliver a speech using the voice of the artist’s 9 year old daughter who struggles and stutters with her words, not quite knowing how to begin or what exactly to say.

The material, formal and stylistic variety of Ryan Gander’s practice is unified both by his conceptual vision and by recurring themes concerning creativity, the nature of art and the life of the artist. Gander’s oeuvre evokes fictional spaces, referring to absent objects, artworks or persons, both real and imaginary. The artist often focuses his attention on the playfulness and imagination of children, who are less encumbered by facts and appearances than adults.

Esther Schipper was founded 1989 in Cologne. The gallery is especially known for exhibiting and finding markets for ephemeral and time-based conceptual projects and for the longstanding and continuous collaborations with its artists, whose work spans across a wide spectrum of practices. Many of the artists with whom Esther Schipper has worked since the 1990s, among them Angela Bulloch, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, are central figures in radically rethinking the exhibition as a form and taking it as a critical medium. After opening a project space in Berlin in 1995, the gallery moved its entire operations to the German Capital in 1997. In Spring 2017 the gallery inaugurated its new much larger premises to accommodate the demands of the wide range of exhibition practices in its steadily growing program of internationally recognized artists. Currently the gallery represents 40 artists and estates, among them Martin Boyce, Matti Braun, AA Bronson, Angela Bulloch, Thomas Demand, Ceal Floyer, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, The Estate of General Idea, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Rodney Graham, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gabriel Kuri, Liu Ye, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, Ugo Rondinone, Anri Sala, Tomás Saraceno, Julia Scher, Tino Sehgal, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and The Work of Hito Steyerl.