A few months after its opening, The RYDER has already made a name for itself in the east-end of London’s cultural society. Strategically positioned by the historical Maureen Paley, The RYDER is hidden behind a heavy garage shutter. The space, though tiny, has been skilfully used to present enthralling shows by upcoming talents.

The latest, DIY, presents works that reflect upon the ready-made and uses human intervention to go past them, towards the creation of a new concept following the attitude of altering things fundamental in the contemporary. Alter to recycle and do not throw away; in times of crisis materials and everyday objects past the fashion are looked at with new eyes. That is how Samantha Donnelly’s assemblages came to be, how Mia Goyette transforms the unnoticeable ordinary into a series of surprising details, how Hannah Regel reveals the beauty that springs from the tension and difference between materials and how 2011 Catlin Art Prize winner Russell Hill uses repetition to empower even the tiniest and least interesting of things. A journey into the extraordinary of the banal.

Caterina Berardi

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