Chris Evans: The Freedom of Negative Expression
Chris Evans' solo exhibition at Chapter will include the world premiere of a sculpture and short film entitled The Freedom of Negative Expression.
In this new film, co-written with Tirdad Zolghadr and Will Bradley, Evans engages in a dialogue with a key figure in 1960s British Constructivism (who wishes to remain anonymous) known for her uncompromising views on the establishment's misuse of the arts, and conversations in which, among other things, the productive potentials of negativity and political paranoia are at stake.
Alongside this new work, Chapter will also show A Sculpture for Philippa Van Loon, The Other Statue (after E. Gorey) which has evolved out of conversations with aristocrats and members of various elites. This way of working typifies Evans' practice that lies between patronage and studio practice, art production and its supposed others, and meditates on the unnerving relationships between the two.
Also included in the exhibition is the ongoing series The Rock & the Judge which was created by working closely with police officers from around the world. Evans asked them to make a drawing of a judge who had made a significant impression on them and, in response, made a sculpture of a rock, to be positioned in front of the original drawing. Thus the sculpture takes on the role of the imagined defendant.
This exhibition is part of a Studio Voltaire touring project, in collaboration with Chapter, IPS, Birmingham and Outpost, Norwich. Chris Evans has produced new works for each venue.
Magnetic Promenade and Other Sculpture Parks, an illustrated book of fictional sculpture parks, has been produced as a companion to the exhibitions. It contains contributions by thirteen writers and artists including Rita McBride & Glen Rubsamen, Keren Cytter, Will Bradley, Liam Gillick, and Jaki Irvine (see below for further details). At the preview event, two of the contributors, Matthew Welton and Will Holden, will perform readings.
Chris Evans is based in Berlin & London. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at Studio Voltaire, London and Magnetic Promenade and Other Sculpture Parks (publication launch) at Store Gallery, London. Recent group shows include ‘Le Nouveau Siecle’ at Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam and ‘Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie’, Gasworks, London. Evans has recently been selected for a residency and exhibition at Artpace, San Antonio in Autumn 2007.
The exhibition at Chapter is financially supported by the Arts Council of Wales. The publication and touring exhibition is funded by Arts Council England and The Henry Moore Foundation with additional support from the Arts Council of Wales and STORE, London. The Freedom of Negative Expression is a co-commission with Chapter, Cardiff and Gasworks, London.
Chapter would like to thank Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam and the Collection Bakker-Gelink, Amsterdam for additional art works.