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Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 in Llanelli, Wales and now lives and works in London.

Cerith Wyn Evans first came to attention in the 1980s as an experimental filmmaker and collaborator across artistic disciplines, including dance and performance. Subsequently he has expanded his approach to incorporate sculpture. His works combine ideas and influences from art, history, philosophy and science in order to transform our perception of the world around us. He is perhaps best known for his elegant neon text works that mine a particular fascination with language and light. In 2017 his dazzling white neon sculpture, Forms in Space…by Light (in Time), filled the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries.

Wyn Evans challenges the assumption that the most important characteristic of a sculpture should be its condition as a physical, space-occupying object. He also employs the more ephemeral substances of air and time as his primary materials.

Cerith Wyn Evans’s work on display at The Hepworth Wakefield combines thirty-seven crystal glass flutes in two overlapping arcs. The organ pumps that breathe life into the flutes are unflinchingly mechanical – the artist makes little attempt to hide their internal workings – and yet the work engages the body of the listener. As we stand before the work, our breath cycles through the pumps and sounds through the flutes. It is as if we hear the sound of our own presence.

Recent solo exhibitions include the Museo Tamayo (2018), Tate Britain Commission (2017),  Museion Bolzano (2015) and Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2014). He has also participated in the Venice Biennale (2017, 2010, 2003), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), Moscow Biennial (2011), Aichi Triennale (2010), Yokohama Triennale (2008) and Istanbul Biennial (2005). He studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London.

‘I’m delighted at the opportunity to engage with the architecture of The Hepworth. It’s refreshing in its acknowledgement that the vicissitudes of light and time are intrinsic to the appreciation of sculpture and plastic form that for all too long has merely been considered 3-Dimensional.’

Cerith Wyn Evans, Museo Rufino Tamayo, México City, 2018. © Cerith Wyn Evans. Photo © Agustín Garza Courtesy White Cube
Cerith Wyn Evans, Forms in Space ... by Light (in Time), Tate Britain, 2017 © Cerith Wyn Evans. Photo © Joe Humphreys, courtesy Tate Photography

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