Andrew Ranville’s installations, sculptures, photographs and films explore ideas related to site-specificity and ways in which viewers can interaction with his work. These interactions are often created by an uneasy balance between the formal and functional aspects of his work. He often conveys these ideas and experiences using ecologically sensitive methods which communicate notions of sustainability and resilience.
Ranville exhibited at the 4th Marrakech Biennale in Morocco in 2012. His Seven Summits project for the biennale involved summiting the seven mountains at over 4000 metres in the Western High Atlas range, the tallest in North Africa. He extracted a stone from the absolute peak of each mountain and transported them to Marrakech to be presented as part of a large architectural installation. This temporary installation, made from locally-sourced Atlas Cedar, was created and displayed on the roof of the Théâtre Royal. Ranville repeated the trek to the summits the following June, restoring the stones to their exact original locations.
Rabbit Island is a remote, 90-acre, forested island located in Lake Superior, Michigan. In the summer of 2011, Ranville lived and worked on the island for over a month developing the Rabbit Island Artist Residency programme. During his time in residence he created a new body of work for the solo exhibition No Island Is A Man at DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University 2012.
Born 1981 in Michigan, USA he has lived and worked in London since 2006, receiving his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. Ranville’s work has been exhibited internationally and installations of his work can be found or have been shown in countries including Australia, China, Finland, Morocco, Spain, UK and the USA.