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Associate Studio Programme 7 : Ryan Gander

With London in lockdown, Ryan Gander’s studio visit with ASP 7 took place via Zoom. During the discussion, Ryan shared his thoughts on a PDF I sent him with images of recent works by Lydia Porter and Samuel George and myself. Ryan fully engaged not only with the works he saw, but with our practice in general. He challenged our understanding of our work too, asking us some pretty tricky and funny questions such as ‘what would you rate this work out of ten? and ‘is this work better than your previous one? Through discussing our work in this way, some of the core principles and intentions started to become more clear.
Ryan also spoke to us about the importance of documentation and finding a balance between explaining the work enough so people can understand our intentions whilst leaving room for personal experiences to encounter the artwork.
As well as providing the guidance, references and inspiration you might hope for from a studio visit, Ryan also was very generous in sharing insights into what life is like as an established artist. He spoke very openly about how he generates ideas how he decides which works are feasible to make.
Ryan’s visit was very insightful, informative and a really great experience for all of us involved. George Richardson

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