Nick Evans: Solar Eyes (5 stars)

Nick Evans: Solar Eyes

Monumental sculpture show is genius in its conception and meticulous in execution

One enters the exhibition through a dusky and dramatic pyramid passageway. The suspense of discovery hangs thick in the air before a big volcanic hall is reached. Inside, stories of a distant past echo with predictions of the future.

Nick Evans has set up a monumental show in which the strange re-enactment of a faux Mayan ruin becomes home to his signature large, white-plaster sculptures in their varying semi-excavated positions. These carefully-crafted forms are actively engaged in their own language of representation. Some are elevated like deities, while others are partly destroyed.

Sculpted in ceramic and sprawled across a chunky wooden table lies the remnants of a banquet's half-eaten plates of food. Like the manifestation of a child's drawing, the forks are wonky, the colours messy, but each individual piece of meat is carefully formed and each pea is painted in a mossy garden green. Elsewhere, kinetic sculptures rotate and inflate with absurdity.

The modern-day habit of circumnavigating the cosmos from a touch screen has been subverted through the installation of large, colourful painted murals towering above, stamping down authority. Evans’ orchestrated universe, saturated with motifs of ancient civilizations, becomes an imposing theme park. This show is genius in its conception and meticulous in execution. It is the work of a craftsman and calls for the appreciation of classic sculpted forms at the same time as the scrutinising of their meaning.

Tramway, Glasgow, until Sun 31 Mar

Nick Evans: Solar Eyes

New sculptural installation drawing on imagery of lost civilisations.

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