JAMES EVANS : ABUGATION




James Evans’ biomorphic objects are composed of a collision of qualities, ones not usually encountered within a single form.

Constructed from both ceramic and metallic materials, the fired clay is encased within a smooth crust of gleaming gold, tarnished copper and rusting iron. The works are ambiguously organic and inorganic, seemingly soft but also hard, a curious amalgamation of human flesh, geological specimen and myriad other natural and man-made qualities. When asked about his formal references he points to the modelled drapes of a porcelain figurine and a weathered object found washed up on the beach. He also speaks of a long-standing fascination with the marble curls of the coat of the Newfoundland dog carved by Matthew Cotes Wyatt in the work Bashaw; The Faithful Friend of Man … (1834) – to be seen in the collections of the V&A.

However, it is more pertinent to consider Evans sculpture in existential terms. Each work has a sensuous beauty that is almost immediately undercut by its awkward and faintly humorous posture. From alternative viewpoints a form may appear to be perfectly poised, or about to collapse, pitch and roll. But ultimately his curious artefacts are honourable survivors, the noble relics of exceptionally eventful lives.

Duration 03 May 2012 - 16 June 2012
Times Tuesday to Friday 11.00 - 18.00 saturday 11.00 - 16.00 or by appointment.
Cost Free
Venue Marsden Woo Gallery
Address 17 - 18 great sutton street London EC1V 0DN, ,
Contact 020 7336 6396 / info@marsdenwoo.com / www.marsdenwoo.com/

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