Cerith Wyn EVANS

Cerith Wyn Evans, installation view at stone garden “Heaven,” the Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo, Apr 1 – 29, 2023. Courtesy of Sogetsu Foundation. Photo: Kenji Takahashi

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 in Llanelli, Wales, and currently lives and works in London. Evans, as represented by his text works that employ the use of neon, is recognized for creating works that bear citations to the pioneering efforts of predecessors across a diverse range of cultural and academic spheres such as literature, film, art, astronomy, and physics; in addition to three-dimensional works that appropriate light and sound as a means to interrogate the “viewer’s” perception through the ambiguity of inherent materiality and immateriality. Evans’ approach that regards even the experiences and actions perceived by a person as the physical work, as well as considering the space in which the work is exhibited and the organizational conditions of the entity operating the space to also play an integral role, can indeed be considered as an act that extends the contours of our world strictly formulated by theory, custom, and education through a rich sense of wit and intelligence.

His major solo exhibitions include the Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo (2023 and 2018); the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2021); the Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa (2020); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2019); the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2018); the Tate Britain Commission, London and the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (both 2017); the Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2015); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2014); the Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2011); Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City (2010); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2008) and the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (2006). Evans has participated in numerous international group exhibitions including Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany and the 57th Venice Biennale (both 2017); Moscow Biennial (2011); Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2010); The Kaleidoscopic Eye. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Yokohama Triennale (2008); Istanbul Biennial (2005); and represented Wales at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

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