Chris Evans

Exhibitions

CLERK OF MIND

Dates: 05 Nov - 17 Jan

Show Time: 11.00am - 8.00pm

Free Admission

You are welcome to join us for the opening of this exhibition on Tuesday 4 November from 6pm – 8pm.

A presentation of works by British artist Chris Evans, curated by Kate Strain.

Chris Evans’ work is characterised by the realisation of unsolicited assignments and evolves through conversations with people from a broad range of professions – selected in relation to their symbolic or public role. Recently this has included the directors of a luxury jewellery company and members of the international diplomatic community.

Collaboration becomes entangled along invisible paths of consultation and negotiation, encased in the resulting art objects they produce. This newly commissioned exhibition reconfigures three of his existing works especially for Project Arts Centre.

On the wall of the gallery, a bronze plaque with a pale grey patina depicts the words ‘New Rules’, whereby two amorphous forms resembling a mountainous landscape are visible through the letters. The ‘L’ of ‘RULES’ extends to form the stem of a wineglass, refracting the background to become its contents.

Housed in a rosewood vitrine, a platinum and yellow gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and helidor – created by fine jewellers, Boodles – is displayed on a jesmonite tablet. Evans gave the press release for the recent Liverpool Biennial of Art to the designers at Boodles and asked them to create a piece of jewellery based on their reading and interpretation of the exhibition’s core ideas. They made the ring (which is on display), and Evans made a relief sculpture to present it and the vitrine to house it. The imagination of a luxury brand gets mixed up with artistic vision, blurring the roles of everyone involved.

Also on display are a series of drawings depicting invasive plant species, solicited from members of the international diplomatic community. These globally rampant and toxic plants are photographed, inverted and then printed as silver bromides. The photographs have, as their counterpart, a series of sculptural forms titled CLODS, arranged around raised white platforms and PVC mats. Each CLOD varies in size, has at least one hole, and bears the traces of its facture: the chunk is first modelled in clay, then cast in concrete mixed with marble. Hollowly echoing urban planning, the CLOD mimics the concrete lump left by the removal of a post or a pipe.

Soliciting the dream life of honchos and henchmen is the crux of Evans’ artworks, exhibited in Clerk of Mind. Oblique artefacts emerge from unwieldy social situations that confute the roles of artist and patron, genius and muse.

Chris Evans (born 1967, Eastrington) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Untitled (Drippy Etiquette), Piper Keys, London (2014); Chris Evans, The Gardens, Vilnius (2014); CLODS, Diplomatic Letters, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2012); Goofy Audit, Luettgenmeijer, Berlin (2011); The Cell That Doesn’t Believe In The Mind That It’s Part Of, Marres, Maastricht (2010); I Don’t Know If I’ve Explained Myself, Mala Galerija, Ljubljana (2010); Take A Bureaucratic Bow, Object if Exhibitions, Antwerp (2009).

 

The
Big, Bold
Book Now
Button

Click for instant happiness.

Call the Box Office:

+353 1 8819 613

Chris Evans, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, 2014. Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial 2014.
Photo credit: Mark McNulty

Last From the Newsroom

We're Recruiting: Centre Technician

Project Arts Centre is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Centre Technician. The Centre Technician will be a key member of the Project team and will be responsible in the first instance to the Production Manager and ultimately to the General Manager. This role will involve the provision of technical support to all visiting groups, companies, artists, and individuals in the presentation of Project Arts Centre's Artistic Programme and will require flexibility given the busy work environment and the varied requirements of a multi-disciplinary arts centre. A full job description and more information about how to apply can be downloaded here.…

Read More

We're Recruiting: Communications & Development Manager

Project Arts Centre is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Communications & Development Manager to undertake the efficient and effective delivery of an ambitious communications and fundraising strategy as part of a larger organisational strategy, Project 2020. The Communications and Development Manager is a key member of the Project Arts Centre team who will report to directly to the General Manager and work closely with the Artistic Director and other staff to develop and deliver Project’s communications and income generation strategies. The role will include the management of institutional marketing, press and publicity, staff, and the development of strategies for…

Read More
Visit the Newsroom