Nick Evans: Primary School

16 February - 20 April 2008. Tues - Sun, 10am - 5.30pm

Nick Evans

Nick Evans: installation view, "Primary School", Inverleith House, 2008.

Nick Evans's sculptural works have been shaped by a fluid investigation of his materials. In a sense he does much of his thinking through direct contact with the substances he chooses to work with. This intuitive practice, mixed with analysis is tangible in the finished works which possess an aspect of organic transformation equal to their impressive solidity.

The works evolve through a far-reaching investigation of sculptural possibility. Complex internal dialectics emerge within each piece, via the unusual combination of materials and the gravity-defying stresses placed on substances like polystyrene, steel, aluminium, fibreglass, ceramic and resin. This acute marriage of sculptural spontaneity with physical integrity results in feats of some poise and elegance as well as totemic ambition and psychological power. The works are profoundly shaped by the formalist concerns of their modernist predecessors and by an awareness of their physical proximity to (and potential mimesis) of the viewer's body. But while they demonstrate a potent historical lineage they refrain from tokenistic references to the work of other artists. The works' potential representational qualities are also held rigorously at bay.

The sculptures operate within a space of intellectual and material autonomy that is beyond a fussy anecdotalism or bland theoretic. They excite the viewer's imaginative interpretations through an aspect of knowing primitivism structured on a consistently inventive and intricate engagement with the works' structure and physical evolution.

Evans was born in Mufulira, Zambia in 1976, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2000. His previous exhibitions include ‘Rational Slab' at Mary Mary, Glasgow, 2007, ‘Abstract Machines', at the Tate Gallery, St.Ives, 2006 , ‘Some Newer Formalisms', at Sorcha Dallas, 2005, and ‘Britannia Works' at Xippas Gallery & Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athens, 2004. From 2006-07 he was awarded with a six-month residency at Tate St Ives. In 2008 he will undertake a 13 week residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands. He lives and works in Glasgow.


Laurence Figgis, Glasgow, February, 2008


Nick Evans installation view

Nick Evans: installation view, "Primary School", Inverleith House, 2008.  

 Nick Evans installation view

Nick Evans: installation view, "Primary School", Inverleith House, 2008. 

All works courtesy of the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow.

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