Ryan Gander

South London Gallery

“There exists only one definition for everything, everywhere at any one time”: So reads the inscription disguised as a mathematical equation and engraved on Didactease, 2006, a Tiffanys sterling-silver coin discreetly worn as a pendant by a gallery assistant at Ryan Gander’s recent show, “Heralded as the New Black.” The assistant also wore a white Adidas tracksuit with embroidery resembling bloodstains, suggesting an injury despite the unmistakable decorative effect of the embroidered pattern. Both works initiate various routes of meaning depending on how and when they are experienced, exemplifying Gander’s ability to maneuver viewers along multiple interpretive frameworks—within which any supplementary information brings a sense of doubt, rather than reassurance, into play.

Not all the works were displayed in the gallery’s main space; some went far beyond it, like Your life in five

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