Ryan Gander


Ryan Gander seems to be something of a tease. His installation But it was all green, 2003, camouflaged STORE’s exterior windows by covering them with the type of reflective, translucent black plastic sheeting that usually connotes “sex shop.” The near-empty interior, however, would instantly have dashed the hopes of any visitor seeking reading matter of the one-handed variety. The floor was covered with plain black carpet, four speakers were placed in the gallery’s ceiling corners, and an antiquated but functioning flip-dot signboard was inset in the wall, an apparently random scattering of yellow dots slowly trickling down its surface. The work (which contained no green element whatsoever, at least optically speaking) exemplified what the 2003 Prix de Rome catalogue characterizes as Gander’s “minimal, barely expressive visual language.”

The work’s aural content amply made up for this

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