“FACES OF PICASSO”
REMAI MODERN, SASKATOON From October 21
The Remai Modern celebrates its grand opening with an exhibition by conceptual artist Ryan Gander, who selects from the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts and presents them alongside crude copies he has made himself.
RYAN GANDER: Iõve got this really strong idea that when we close our eyes and think of Picasso, we donõt see his work: we see an image of the man himself. The persona of Picasso the man ñ or the stereotype of the artist ñ and his work are all seamlessly bound together. Theyõre almost the exact same thing. Iõve done a lot of work about artist clichés, where the framework of being an artist is the subject of the artwork. The Remai owns a work of mine called Fieldwork, a collection of 33 objects on a conveyor belt; you only see one at a time through a window. Iõve selected 130 prints ñ all about Picasso as a person: all portraits or self-portraits, all associated with him and his life ñ to surround this conveyor belt. Iõve spent the last three months re-drawing every print in their collection of 406 with Sharpie and Wite-out pensñiõm bad at drawing, so theyõre crude approximations ñ because I wanted to start this process where I understood what it was to be Picasso. Itõs this strange, creepy ritual that I do every morning, where, by repeating the work that heõs done, I somehow assimilate my mind with his. Itõs like me trying to become Picasso, essentially. IÕM sure thereõs already a very expensive book of the real prints, but IÕM printing a crude version with my drawings on cheap paper for a few dollars, so that anyone could buy it.