Ryan Gander’s work often resists interpretation while opening multiple interpretive possibilities. His installations frequently suggest remnants or aftermaths of possible events merging fact and fiction, as with his 2011 untitled installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. There, the event aftermath posited was an argument between artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg that sent them crashing through a stained-glass window at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home. Glued to the floor was a $25 coin, mysteriously dated 2032. This work condenses many of Gander’s interests: artistic dogmas, future histories, temporality, theatricality and the use of humour as a narrative device. Transformation and invisibility also recur in his work, and were hallmarks of his installation I Need Some Meaning I Can Memorise, (The Invisible Pull) for Documenta (2012), where the emptied galleries of the Fridericianum were hosts to a breeze.
Tomorrow’s Achievements features many of these traits. The work consists of four moving curtains of different widths, hung around a gallery from two motorized rails. White on one side, black on the other, two move clockwise and two counterclockwise, revealing and concealing the works of other artists in this gallery, while also occasionally obscuring doorways. The work theatrically engages revelation through a lens of speculation.
Tomorrow’s Achievements was produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014