Approved: 08.08.2012

Jeremy Evans

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Approved: 08.08.2012

Having once been told by a drawing tutor that if you only draw the outside you only get the outside, I decided to investigate this further. Using the idea that the more you are given the less you get I strip back the visual to its essential elements before inviting the viewer in to flesh out the work again. Working with lines, loops, layers, palindromes and the friction of contradiction I aim to create

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Artist Statement

Having once been told by a drawing tutor that if you only draw the outside you only get the outside, I decided to investigate this further. Using the idea that the more you are given the less you get I strip back the visual to its essential elements before inviting the viewer in to flesh out the work again. Working with lines, loops, layers, palindromes and the friction of contradiction I aim to create spaces to draw attention to how the viewer traffics with the world by filling, editing and narrating. Working in video, drawing, performance and text-based work I use a process derived from phenomenological reduction, that of bracketing. For example examining how language can limit or structure a world, or using palindromic structures to examine the nature of time. As “the eye makes the horizon” so it is that frameworks such as beliefs, language, borders, and identities create and maintain the way that we traffic with the world, mediating our relationships with things. Some of these frameworks are made by the self, some created by society, history and culture. It is these frameworks that I examine in the belief that even if we cannot understand the structures themselves, the process of examination will reveal something of how we create and apply them. “Contrary to what phenomenology - which is always phenomenology of perception - has tried to make us believe, contrary to what our desire cannot fail to be tempted into believing, the thing itself always escapes.” (Jacques Derrida, Speech and Phenomena). I believe two things, one that we don't actually operate as if the thing itself always escapes, and secondly that even if the thing itself always does escape, you should never stop looking.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Book of Numbers, dalla Rosa Gallery, Clerkenwell, London 2010 - If only you'd been here earlier, Gooden Gallery One Night Stand, London Group exhibitions 2011 - Common Distrust, National School for the Arts, Mexico City 2011 - Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London 2010 - Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery, London 2008 - New Contemporaries, Club Row, La Rochelle, London Live/Performance 2012 - Some things I am not very good at, London Art Fair Projects Space, London