Artist's Book

Leporello N° 04 by Ryan Gander

The narrative is not completely linear. Or perhaps it can be? Ryan Gander’s Leporello N° 04 presents excerpts of his digital word compositions displayed as part of the 2020 work Staccato Refractions. Presented as concrete poetry, the prose reveals intentional glitches, making the reader question the nature of the narrator. Man or machine? Is the text, or parts of it, a message transmitted by a computer, or perhaps an example of distributed thinking?

The text is rendered in minuscule typography, transforming it to shape and form. For its transcription, the use of an included magnifying sheet is necessary. In the background, a pale sequence detailing the moon’s movement is rendered. Once lights are dimmed, the moons start to glow, moving from subordinate to superior. 

Ryan Gander’s Leporello N° 04 is printed in both offset lithography and silk screened with glow in the dark ink. Each copy includes an acrylic magnifying lens.

For The Leporello Series, LL’Editions has invited a select group of international artists to contribute. Each artist is given carte blanche, restricted only by the accordion format and its ten panels (recto). To date, participating artists include (in order of appearance) Heimo Zobernig, Micah Lexier, Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Ryan Gander, Shannon Ebner, Maurizio Nannucci, Karl Holmqvist and Jonathan Monk.

Inhabiting a space between book and paper sculpture, the Leporellos are printed on delicate Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper. Each volume in the series is limited to 250 numbered copies and come in a bespoke rigid box, with the title hot foiled both on its front and on its spine, allowing it to sit comfortably in a bookshelf when not on display.

Please note: The photo-luminescent pigments (glow-in-the-dark ink) used for silk screening the moon sequence needs to be ‘charged’ in front of a strong light source in order to glow in the dark.



Ryan Gander has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms – from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, as well as a reinvention of both the modes of appearance and the creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, or a network with multiple connections and the fragments of an embedded story. It is ultimately a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own associations and invent their own narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist.

Ryan Gander (born 1976, Chester, UK) lives and works in Suffolk. He studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, Netherlands. The artist has been a Professor of Visual Art at the University of Huddersfield and holds an honorary Doctor of the Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Suffolk. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary art. Recent solo shows have been held at gb Agency, Paris, France (2021); Space K, Seoul, South Korea (2021); Lisson Gallery, Hamptons, New York (2021); Princeton University, New York, USA (2021); Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2020);  Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2019);  Dazaifu Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan (2017); Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada (2017); The Contemporary Austin, TX, USA (2017); the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2017); Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2017); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2016); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA (2016); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2015); Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, Singapore (2015); and Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2014). Major projects include Kortrijk Triennial, Belgium; Great Exhibition of the North, UK; Liverpool Biennale, UK; Sydney Biennale, Australia; British Art Show 8, Leeds, UK; Performa 15, New York, NY, USA; Panorama, High Line, New York, USA; Imagineering, Okayama Castle, Japan; ‘The artists have the keys’, 2 Willow Road, London, UK; Unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland; Parcours, Art Basel, Switzerland; Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; ‘Locked Room Scenario’, commissioned by Artangel, London, UK; ILLUMInations at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; ‘Intervals’ at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA; and ‘The Happy Prince’, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York, NY, USA.


250 (numbered)


Artist’s Book in Rigid Box


Folded: 99×142 mm
Plano: 990×142 mm
Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite 175 G/M2

Rigid Box

148×191×23 mm
Bespoke Eska Board 1260 G/M2
Insert: F-Flute Black 500 G/M2
Hot-foiled title on front and spine


Silk screened glow in the dark ink


Acrylic magnifying lens





PRINT prod.



September 30 2021



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