Exhibition Review: Cerith Wyn Evans at the White Cube Bermondsey

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The Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evan’s new show at the White Cube in Bermondsey fills the large imposing gallery with confidence. Evans started his career in the British film industry working alongside the director Derek Jarman. In the 1990 Evans moved into the idea of perception and language and often incorporates a wide range of media in his work, from installation and photography to sculpture, text and film. Evans has represented Wales at the Venice Biennale, and also held a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

In his work the bent and twisted tubes of light refer to the flow of energy, which was represented by Evans both in the material he used and conceptually his idea of movement and also time. He has created a series of neon works which dance together in sweeping bold curves and lines inspired by the Japanese Noh theatre, while a different light installation of three bright white neon discs floating on top of each other references the work by Marcel Duchamp. The distant buzz of electric lights makes the gallery space feel like the basement of a factory. One of these light installations has no lights but sounds, which varies from a very calming room to an intense atmosphere; these installations of pure white light are fascinating a bit like chandeliers but with a modern twist. The reflections of the lights on the gloss grey floor create what could be drawings and because the lights are suspended from the floor it is possible to lie underneath the structures and get lost in a continuous spiral of tubes.

Nearby the light installations are several palm tress, which are spinning at different speeds and also in different directions. This movement is contrasting to the still light, but strangely interesting to watch as at first the viewer does not see the trees moving but when you  are first aware of the movement , you are engrossed with the randomness of it.

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