Following last week’s Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, the city’s galleries and museums have been producing some of their best and most exciting exhibitions of the year. One that caught our attention was Cerith Wyn Evan’s major solo show currently going on at the Serpentine Galleries.
The celebrated Welsh conceptual artist, sculptor and filmmaker brings his long refined aesthetic incorporating text and light that plays with conceptions of space and sight. In the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery, you’ll find ornate chandeliers transformed into communication devices through software translating texts into morse code while lights flash in the rhythm of a mechanical flute suspending in the middle of the space. It’s a completely sensory experience that uses space, light and sound to transport visitors into otherworldly places.
Evans began his career in the 1970’s working as an assistant to the legendary experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman and later transitioned into more conceptual work after studying at the Royal College of Art in the 80’s. With influences like Marcel Duchamp and Warhol, it’s no surprise Evan’s work dabbles in aesthetics and ideas of Dadaism and Pop Art. Admired for years, Cerith Evans has also exhibited at the ICA London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and has represented Britain at the Venice Biennale twice.
If you find yourself in London with a free afternoon in the next few weeks, may we suggest you visit Cerith Wyn Evan’s solo show, which runs until November 9th.