Cerith Wyn Evans
Founded in 1980, the Fellbach Triennial for Small Sculpture is one of the most longstanding art exhibitions in Germany, tracing the current impact and significance of small sculpture in contemporary art.
Featuring a circular void cut from a stretched canvas, T=R=A=N=S (plane) by Cerith Wyn Evans directs the subtle play of light and shadow into an immaterial drawing on the wall behind, transforming the two-dimensional plane of a painting into a three-dimensional work, joined in unity and conversation with its setting. Wyn Evans is internationally known for sculptures and installations that use the physical presence of light to investigate the elusive nature of language and perception. He began his career working in film, and the circular cuts recall a camera’s aperture gate, the device which controls the flow of light onto a sensitive surface. The circle is a recurring form in Wyn Evans’ work, universally understood as symbol for totality and the self, but also as a portal and an eye. More specifically, during the production of this work, Wyn Evans referred to the peephole in Marcel Duchamp’s Etant Donné, in Francis Picabia’s Jeune Fille, in Yoko Ono’s A Hole to See The Sky Through and to Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale series.
Each circular cut is placed in a different area of the canvas, lending a unique aspect to each edition of T=R=A=N=S (plane). A deceptively simple device, the circular void becomes a floating clair-obscur which animates the monochrome work, the perception of which is ever evolving, depending on the position of the viewer.
“Composition for 37 flutes (in two parts)” has won the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. The award recognizes a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage of their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. Cerith Wyn Evans's sculpture is now on view at The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.
Cerith Wyn Evans has unveiled a major new neon sculpture at National Museum Cardiff. The work, Radiant fold (…the Illuminating Gas) (2017/18), has been created specifically for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and is the second donation made through the Contemporary Art Society’s Great Worksscheme.
Nairy Baghramian, Pierre Huyghe and Cerith Wyn Evans participate in this year's Skulptur Projekte Münster, curated by Britta Peters and Kasper König.
Cerith Wyn Evans will unveil a major new light installation for the Tate Britain Commission 2017. The annual commission, supported by Sotheby’s, invites a contemporary British artist to create a new artwork in response to the grand space of the Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain.