Cerith Wyn Evans
Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 in Wales and lives and works in London. His conceptual practice incorporates a wide range of media, often exploring the relation between light and text, between thought and meaning; constructing situations conscious of a viewers’ presence. Wyn Evans’ early works employed film and video, creating ‘expanded cinema’ environments, and frequently collaborating with performers. Since the 1990s, his work has explored the relationship between language and space, temporality and the phenomenology of perception characterised by a formal precision and clarity developed in relation to the context of a particular exhibition site. Chains of references to texts, scores and gestures are evoked and interwoven in a ‘mise en scene’. Situations are constructed… Occasions are staged. For Wyn Evans, installations work as a catalyst: a reservoir of potential meanings that unravel in multiple discursive journeys. Moreover, his work has a highly refined aesthetic that is informed by his abiding interest in architecture and music, by fields as seemingly disparate as fountain design and traditional Japanese theatre, translation, astronomy, psychoanalysis and Morse Code... His works harness the potential of an encounter “to occasion reverie”. Objects and experiences are juxtaposed and arranged “in concert”, inviting reflection and interrogation. Exhibitions are calculated to occupy and promote an "arena of contradictions in which desire and reality embrace”.
He has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2021); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2019), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2018); Duveen Galleries Tate Britain, London (2017); Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2015); The Serpentine Gallery, London (2014); TBA21–Augarten, Vienna (2013); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2011); Tramway, Glasgow (2009); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2009); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2008); Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (2006); and Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2005).
He has participated in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 4th Moscow Biennale (2011); 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2010); 1st Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010); 3rd Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008); 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005); and 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
In 2018, Evans won the Hepworth Wakefield Prize for Sculpture with his monumental work Composition for 37 Flutes.