Cerith Wyn Evans: Dérive / Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Born in 1958 in South Wales, artist Cerith Wyn Evans most current work strikes firmly on the chords of minimalism and experiential based sculpture and installation. In his newly opened exhibition entitled “dérive” at Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, Evans manages to create an unstable and ephemeral atmosphere. In the first room, works on paper are displayed in transparent frames mounted on the walls. These oeuvres exhibit barely visible text extracts from the works of authors Stéphane Mallarmé and Marcel Broodthaers. A black monolith fountain trickling water into the basin beneath it stands in the middle of the room, encircled by a light dusting of silver glitter that reflects the stark space. In the second room, a large neon sign etches a sentence into the air of the vast space of the gallery. The phrase, assembled in neon, establishes a critical dialogue between the construction of text and the context of demonstration. “Dérive” is on display in Paris until June 16, 2012.

Cerith Wyn Evans: Dérive at Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris. Opening reception, May 12, 2012. Video by Daniel Barney.

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