London | Wyn Evans at Serpentine

Place: London, Country: United Kingdom
Owner: Serpentine Galleries, London (Uk)
Cerith Wyn Evans
Temporary Exhibition
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
17 September – 9 November 2014
Text and images courtesy of Serpentine Galleries (all rights reserved)
Translation from English by Inexhibit
Additional images by Inexhibit (see captions)

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Cerith Wyn Evans | temporary exhibition
Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Until 9 November the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London presents an intriguing exhibition by Cerith Wyn Evans.  This major solo show presents a varied body of work brought together in concert.

The exhibition reveal the transformative effects of light, sound and time on the vaults and spaces of this former gunpowder store. For Wyn Evans “the site of the gallery, the perception of sight, the citation of references are multiple and swarming”.

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Wyn Evans began his career as a film and video maker, producing short, experimental films in the late 1970s. Since the 1990s, his work has been characterised by a focus on language and a conceptual approach that is often developed out of the context or history of the exhibition site.
His work is often shaped and coloured by a magpie-like approach to influences which, like his installations, are intended to suggest a number of possible interpretations.

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The incorporation of text, either as the source of a work or as the final form that it takes, addresses this process of interpretation directly. Ornate chandeliers are transformed into communication devices via software systems that translate texts into Morse code; neon tubes are bent into quotes that form a frieze of light that runs around the room.

Wyn Evans’s use of sound is another key feature of the exhibition.
Mechanical flutes, suspended in the central spaces, sound throughout the building, while a directional speaker placed on the gallery floor  produces a column of sound that draws attention to the surrounding architecture.
Wyn Evans’s references include John Cage, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Iannis Xenakis, Georges Bataille, James Merrill, Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Klossowski, Hanne Darboven, Gilles Deleuze, Marcel Proust, Sturtevant and Andy Warhol. These sources, even if made visible, are often treated as Readymades and are grouped in synchronicity and contradistinction with one another.

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all images: Cerith Wyn Evans
Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
(17 September – 9 November 2014)
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West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens – W2 2AR London

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