Ryan Gander is a world-renowned conceptual artist whose work has always been seen as diverse and playful – he portrays subjects with storytelling and allusion.
His career has taken him all over the world, from his education in the Netherlands to having exhibitions in Mexico, Vienna and Paris, amongst others. Now he is heading to The Baltic in Gateshead with his commission for the Great Exhibition of the North.
The Great Exhibition of the North is an event that showcases the amazing people and things that have came from or defined the North East as an amazing, inspirational place in the form of exhibitions, live performances, displays of innovation, and new artworks all crammed into the 80- day long show.
Gander’s artwork for the show is called ‘To Give Light (Northern Aspirational Charms)’. The sculpture has been made with items sourced in the North East to depict the great innovations that have been discovered here such as world-changing inventions like Joseph Swan’s incandescent light bulb and George Stephenson’s Geordie safety lamp.
“The sculpture has been made with items sourced in the North East to depict the great innovations that have been discovered here”
In front of The Baltic on Baltic square, a charm bracelet so large it will look as though it belonged to a child of a giant will be installed. Each charm will depict a historical link to the North of England and they will be linked together by a maritime mooring chain (which hints at the dark depths of the River Tyne) and will include light bulbs and the Geordie safety lamp.
It brings together the great inventions created in our region and shines a light (no pun intended) on the future innovations that will come out of our great North East.
If you would like to see this fascinating piece it will be outside of The Baltic in Gateshead from Friday 22nd June until Tuesday 28th August. For further information about The Great Exhibition of the North head to getnorth2018.com.