Nick Evans

Nick Evans -Solar Eyes
Installation view, Solar Eyes, Tramway, 2013 Exhibition commissioned and produced by Tramway Courtesy of the artist and Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow Photo: Keith Hunter

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This show is genius in its conception and meticulous in execution. It is the work of a craftsman and calls for the appreciation of classic sculpted forms at the same time as the scrutinising of their meaning.

The List
Please note Tramway will be closed Fri 29 March
Artist talk with Nick Evans and the Tramway curator Sat 9 March 3pm. Free, all welcome
 
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 "This show is genius in its conception and meticulous in execution." The List 
 
 
"Above all, the show has a kind of joyful exuberance, spiritedness and a vast dollop of humour welded on to its underlying earnestness. Evans’ freedom of materials and the diversity of collaborating fabrication, his use of screen-printing, laminates, casting and modelling, crude slab ceramics and laser-cut wood veneers, suggest that sculpture remains a deeply flexible category." Moira Jeffrey - The Scotsman
 
 
Glasgow based sculptor Nick Evans makes solid, organic forms sculptures from white plaster which combine abstract and figurative elements, and convey a visceral energy. Often Evans’ works have a functional aspect or appear to be interacting with their surroundings. The plinths and dioramas for the works are highly decorative, becoming elaborate stages in which the sculptures act as performers.
 
The eclecticism of Evans’ practice explores the historical relationship between sculpture and the applied arts, incorporating a diverse range of processes using both traditional and new materials. Whilst exploring the physical parameters of sculpture and the tensions between form and material, sculpture and plinth, mass and gravity, Evans also points to more complex cultural and ideological relationships. In particular the Western fascination with notions of the exotic and ‘other’. Motifs from ancient and lost civilisations are recurrent themes in his vocabulary – many of the plinths and printed backdrops for his sculptures incorporate aspects of Mayan, Egyptian and prehistoric symbolism.
 
 
At Tramway, his most ambitious exhibition to date, Evans presents a newly commissioned body of sculptures within an environment which is part sculpture ‘theme park’ and part lost civilisation. Solar Eyes features a new body of plaster sculptures orchestrated in such a way that they each respond to their own environment, the most ambitious of which is a large architectural complex which mimics the geometry of a Mayan temple. Ancient symbolism is also invoked through an ambitious wall drawing running the length of the gallery and number of colourful printed backdrops, plinths and floor panels.
Rather than being merely decorative veneers, these symbolic and art historical references in Evans’ sculptures are often lampooned and undermined by the absurd and highly elaborate modes of display. In this context, the sculptures themselves become quizzical, self-reflexive and critical of their own existence.
 
Supported by Creative Scotland and The Henry Moore Foundation.
 
Artist information
Born in Mufulira, Zambia in 1976, Nick Evans studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, and lives and works in Glasgow. In 2008 he held a residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands and was awarded the National Galleries' inaugural Artists' Fellowship Programme in collaboration with Creative Scotland in 2011.
 
Selected solo exhibitions include Anti Autonome, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2010), Use History Autonome, Washington Garcia, Glasgow (2009), Primary School, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2008), Rational Slab, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2007), Abstract Machines, Tate Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall (2006), Some Newer Formalisms, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2005), Remember Old Pineapple Face, Glasgow Project Room and Lumumba is Dead, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2002).
 
 FREE Exhibition Workshops for Schools and Community Groups
 

Tramway is delighted to offer FREE exhibition workshops exploring Nick Evans exhibition Solar Eyes.
 
Workshops are suitable for Ages 10-16
Can be tailored to your interests and skill level
Take place between 5th – 21st March
 
Download the booking form and more information using the link on the right
Please complete all sections and return to: arts&music@glasgowlife.org.uk
DEADLINE for booking: 4th March 2013

 

 
 
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Audio

Listen to an interview with Nick Evans