Cerith Wyn Evans
Author: Solveig Øvstebø, Steinar Sekkingstad (Eds.)
Publisher: Bergen Kunsthalle
Language: Norwegian, English
Size: 28 x 19 cm
With a background in experimental film and video art in the 1980s, Cerith Wyn Evans has primarily worked since the 1990s with spectacular installations where a number of media such as sculpture, photography, film, text, light and sound form natural elements.
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His exhibitions usually consist of a precise combination of disparate materials and objects, where the actual materiality of the individual items is hard to define and is painstakingly composed. But the installations can at the same time be seen as attempts to dissolve the solidity of the material structures. Using resources like light, mirrors or sounds, Wyn Evans creates an experience of immateriality and weightlessness.
At Bergen Kunsthall the artist let the specificity of the spaces form the point of departure for an integrated installation which filled all four exhibition halls. With effects like light and sound, he explored the long stretch and the strict symmetry along the axis of adjacent rooms that is so characteristic of Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibition architecture. The work with proportions is a central foundation in Wyn Evans’ art. At Bergen Kunsthall the experience of the vertical is underscored by a row of specially constructed columns which stress the dimensions of the space from floor to roof. The columns have been built with a large number of fluorescent tubes where old-fashioned filament technology also emits heat – thus making the temperature one of the exhibition’s central elements. Non-material but sensory qualities like light, heat and sound also help to link the four exhibition halls in an experience of horizontality – a totalizing extended spatiality from the smallest to the largest hall. The sound from several transparent flute sculptures also helps to emphasize the horizontal linkage between all the rooms, and fills the whole sequence of exhibition spaces with sound.
This publication consists of two essays. Lars Bang Larsen discusses the light as a culture-historical entity with references to modern philosophy, art and popular culture. The artist’s own reflections upon art and exhibition practices are also presented in the interview with Wyn Evans by Solveig Øvstebø (director of Bergen Kunsthall and curator of the exhibition). The catalogue is illustrated with photographs from the exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, and also includes images from the artist’s private archive.
Published by: Bergen Kunsthall, 2011
Editors: Åse Løvgren, Steinar Sekkingstad, Solveig Øvstebø
Artist: Cerith Wyn Evans
Texts: Solveig Øvstebø and Cerith Wyn Evans (interview), Lars Bang Larsen (essay)
Design: Blank Blank
Language: English / Norwegian