Magazine article Artforum International

A Torrent of Ideas on a Beautiful Day

Magazine article Artforum International

A Torrent of Ideas on a Beautiful Day

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RYAN GANDER DOESN'T COVER HIS TRACKS. To the contrary, he spins so many dazzlingly interlaced threads that he leaves us nearly lost along an Ariadnean trail run amok. In the following pages, Gander gives us the skeleton key to five new works in progress that radiate outward in the manner of the "Loose Associations" slide lectures he has been presenting since 2001. Typesetting created for the deaf is posed next to a Gander-designed font, printed onto custom Scrabble tiles left amid an unfinished game; a coin that comes from the future is left to be rained underfoot; personal history, invented symbols, and the artifacts of twenty-first-century life appear as a surfeit of causes and effects, sensations and meanings. One could, no doubt, discern a chain of signification as deliberate as Malraux's or Warburg's--with all the repressed absurdity and arbitrariness those comparisons imply. Things that look alike or act alike are placed together, freighted with the anticipation of a deep structure or an iconographic relation. But then again, their connection might just be accidental, a leap of faith without end.

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