Cerith Wyn Evans: Étude d’Ombre

Cerith Wyn Evans and Gregor Muir

Whenever I hear the word Cerith I reach for my Schopenhauer.

In recent years, Cerith Wyn Evans has produced artworks such as text-based firework displays, complex sound sculptures, columns of lights with heat generating filaments and Morse code activated chandeliers. To my mind what seems to connect these works is their resistance to those artforms dictated to by natural light; each artwork seemingly preoccupied with its own artifice and haptic by-product.

Wyn Evans has also developed an art of association whereby we are returned to, say, the work of Marcel Broodthaers, or, via his longstanding appreciation of expanded cinema, experimental filmmakers such as Lis Rhodes. ‘Inverse, Reverse, Perverse’, the title given to a 1996 solo-exhibition, might equally be read as a maxim, directing us toward an appreciation of Wyn Evans’ exquisitely twisted hypothesis.

Having been invited by Cubitt to participate in the production of a ‘print box’, Wyn Evans has used this opportunity to appropriate photographic imagery of naked men bathed in a mysterious black light reminiscent of an electronic phosphor burn, like those found on old TV sets or ATM monitors.

Cerith Wyn Evans

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Cerith Wyn Evans, White Cube Bermondsey, London
2015 Museion, Bolzano
2012 Constructed Situation, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin
2011 Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
2010 Everyone´s gone to the movies, now we´re alone at last…, White Cube, London
2009 „…“, deSingel international arts campus, Antwerp
2006 take my eyes and through them see you, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
2006 in which something happens all over again for the very first time, ARC/ Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2006 The Curves of the Needle, Inside the White Cube, London
2005 Eaux D’artifice (after K.A.), The Conservatory, Barbican Centre, London
2005 Once a Noun now a Verb…, Galerie Neu, Berlin
2005 299,792,458 km/s, Bawag Foundation, Vienna
2004 Rabbit’s Moon, Camden Arts Centre, London
2001 The Newspaper Project, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice
2001 Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna
2001 Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
2000 Cleave00, Art Now, Tate Britain, London
1997 Deitch Projects, New York
1982 Solo Project, Film excerpts shown on Riverside, BBC2, London
1981 A Certain Sensibility, ICA Cinematheque, London

Selected Collections

British Council Collection


1980, BA, St Martin’s School of Art; MA, 1984, RCA (film and television)