Mary Mary, Glasgow, Sat 10 Mar-Sat 14 Apr
Fresh from his solo show at Tate St Ives, Nick Evans returns to Glasgow to exhibit new work - his first exhibition in his representative gallery’s new Dixon Street space. Evans’ practice has developed a great deal since his early exhibitions in Glasgow in 2002. His solo show at Tate St Ives, the result of a sustained period of work as the gallery’s fourth artist in residence, confirmed his preoccupation with art history, sculpture’s cultural legacy and its links to popular culture.
Working with steel, fibreglass, aluminium and ceramics, Evans’ work in part explores the abstraction of figurative forms and their resolution in anthropomorphic states, a method most common in postwar avant-garde sculpture. His work simultaneously references the future and the past. ‘Memorials to the Closed System Schematic’, exhibited at Tate St Ives echoes Bernar Venet’s work, while embracing pop culture references that play a great roll in stressing the work’s relevance in relation to the survival of contemporary sculpture.
Historically, St Ives’ has a strong association with British sculpture - Barbara Hepworth and Roger Hilton are synonymous with the region. Working in the shadows of these artists has definitely enriched Evans’ practice and given him the opportunity and confidence to embrace new techniques and approaches. With these experiences in mind there is no doubt that this exhibition will include some of his most interesting work to date.