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Can everything be art?

For Ryan Gander, art is everything and everything is art. The Culture Show’s Miranda Sawyer visits him to find out more about how he sees the world.

Ryan Gander has been described as a ‘cultural magpie’: the wild imagination of the Chester-born conceptual artist turns everything into a work of art.

This approach means that a den of bed-sheets made by Gander’s daughter becomes a marble sculpture, and the stone that Rodin’s Thinker sits on and is also reimagined to create a new work.

In this clip, Miranda Sawyer visits the artist in his Suffolk studio and discovers an encyclopaedic collection of images and ideas – something Gander refers to as: “idea diarrhoea”.

The artist Richard Wentworth describes Gander’s attitude as “18th Century… you’re being presented with his appetite in a way, and that appetite is very broad.”

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