Issue 9 is by visual artist Ryan Gander and design collective Europa. This issue was released on Dec. 16, 2009. Their issue consists of a package of parallel playing cards (card printed on both sides). The cards come with an insert poster and explanation of the project and instructions for a game of parallel black jack. The issue comes in four different colors (orange, green, purple and white); however, the cards in all four packages are the same.
Ryan Gander (1976, Chester)
Having completed a research residency at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, Gander participated in the artists’ residency program of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His first solo exhibition was held in March 2002 at the ‘International 3’ Gallery in Manchester, accompanied by a monograph entitled ‘In a language you don’t understand’. In 2003, Gander published the artists’ book ‘Appendix’, produced a solo exhibition for the ‘Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam’ and won the ‘Prix de Rome’ for sculpture (the national Dutch art prize). In 2004 a children’s’ storybook ‘The Boy Who Always Looked Up’ written by the artist will be published with Cornerhouse in Manchester.
This year, Gander will present his first major solo retrospective exhibition ‘The die is cast’ at Villa Arson, Nice, which follows his two solo exhibitions that ran concurrently at Kadist Art Foundation and gb agency, Paris called ‘It’s a right Heath Robinson affair’. Group shows include ‘Desire Acquire’ at the Bob van Orsouw Gallery, Zürich, ‘The Space of Words’ at MUDAM Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, and ‘Younger than Jesus’ at the New Museum in New York.
Gander was awarded the 2007 Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, in 2006 won the ABN AMRO prize of the Netherlands and in 2005 he was short listed for the British art Prize ‘Becks Futures’ at the ICA in London and won the Baloise Art Statement Prize at Art Basel. It has just been announced he has been awarded the Zürich Art Prize, 2009.
Alongside his artistic production, Gander is a visiting lecturer at a selection of art schools within Europe and writes regularly for art and design periodicals.
Gander lives and works in London and is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; gb Agency, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London and Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo.
Europa was formed in 2007 by four graphic designers; Mia Frostner, Robert Sollis, Paul Tisdell and Rasmus Troelsen (Rasmus then left Europa in 2009 to move to Copenhagen). Graduates of the Royal College of Art, Europa have designed books, posters, graphic identities and exhibitions for clients such as Architecture Foundation, Design for London, General Public Agency, Ryan Gander, Somerset House, Tate and Victoria & Albert Museum.
Some of Europa's working relationships have come as a result of an agreed exchange of labour. These have been documented here: workforwork.org
Europa have taught and lectured at institutions such as Architectural Association, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design, Danish Design School, IASPIS, Limoncello Gallery, London College of Communication, Scandinavian Design College, University of Brighton, University of Portsmouth and Winchester School of Art.