Cerith Wyn Evans’s exhibitions are often more interesting than his individual artworks; and this is how artists should approach a solo exhibition, as if it were one coherent artwork. Often he assaults many senses at once, including sounds, sights, and smells, and as a single multisensory artwork, it is brilliant. This twinned with the subtle light works and paintings of Robert Irwin, makes it almost impossible to describe accurately without losing some of it’s charm.
To evaluate and contextualize such a vast experience is often best untried, and useless when attempted. Your experience of the show will be completely different from mine. For that reason I have decided that instead of writing a single linear review, I will transcribe my notes verbatim, in the hope that they convey better the feel of the show.
‘Superimposition and contradiction, by concealing and revealing’. Neon. Buzzing electricity. ‘Conduits’. Conductivity. ‘Spatial situations’ – ‘Phenomenological experience’. Atmospheric somnolence. Cinematic ambience. Phillip Glass. Dan Flavin. Dull buzzing. Flow. HUSHED tones. ‘Formless anxiety’. Space for contemplation – rest – shadow. Hue. Sepia. Flame pulsing, alive, speed. Atomic shapes – explosions. Collapse. Chaos. Echoes. Viewer becomes artwork. Reflected. Intermingling. Sounds of flutes + sounds of talking. EFFERVESCENT. Imposing///exposing. Shards. Rainbows. Oil slick. Richard Wilson. Malevich. In/organic. Resonance. Undulating blue flames. Pilot light. Subtlety and imperceptibility. Rotation. Glass flutes resemble dead neon. Panpipes. Peter Pan. Dis/order. ETHEREAL. EVANESCENT. Marionette puppets. Illegibility. Morse Code – — . – . – secrets. GLASS. MOLECULE. Tranquility. Contrast. Explosions. This man reading is odd, keeps looking at me – v. shiny shoes. Short. Invigilators altering experience (ruining?). Tino Sehgal. ‘Daylight is fading’. Lunar. Bloodmoon. Eclipse. Coincidence? Synchronicity. Hidden. Cryptic code. Flashing. Epilepsy. ‘Obscured the moon’. Dusk. Expansive, immersive. ‘Energised and drained’. GLACIAL.
GLACIAL. GLACIAL. GLACIAL.
Until the 15th of September
White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
Writing by Benjamin Murphy
Photographs courtesy of © White Cube (George Darrell)