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.|
|Venue||Marsden Woo Gallery|
|Address||17 - 18 great sutton street London EC1V 0DN, ,|
|Contact||020 7336 6396 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.marsdenwoo.com/|