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Ryan Gander, Ampersand (detail), 2012, one element of a mixed-media installation additionally comprising a conveyor belt and sixty-five objects, dimensions variable.

Ryan Gander

Palais de Tokyo

Ryan Gander, Ampersand (detail), 2012, one element of a mixed-media installation additionally comprising a conveyor belt and sixty-five objects, dimensions variable.

Ryan Gander’s solo show “Ampersand” is the first installment of an “Artist’s Library” exhibition series curated by Akiko Miki. It begins with a window presenting, one by one, sixty-six objects on a conveyor belt. While some were made by the artist and a few were gifts of sentimental value, the majority are consumer goods. All belong to Gander’s personal collection. Ranging from absurdities worthy of a SkyMall catalogue (Zippo perfume) to status symbols (a Leica M9) to what could be office belongings gathered by somebody who’s just been fired (a box of Niceday binders), they amount to a library of objects that would make for an astonishing time capsule. With their order of appearance flouting typology and formal similarity, the task of dreaming up connections between the objects is left to the viewer. In this, the entire exhibition runs counter to Gander’s earlier photo-library–based

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