Artist biography

Welsh sculptor and filmmaker. He completed a foundation course at Dyfed College of Art (1976–7), a BFA at St Martin's School of Art, London (1977–80), and an MA in Film and Television at the Royal College of Art, London (1981–4). He worked as an assistant to Derek Jarman, at the same time making short experimental films. Although he moved to sculpture and installation in the early 1990s, the influence of film remained strong on his work. In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni (we go round and round in the night and are consumed by fire) (neon, diam. 1.40 m, 1996; see 1996–7 exh. cat.) takes the form of a 40-foot long wall text (spelt out in fireworks) quoting from Karl Marx. The palindromic title refers to a film script by the French situationist writer, Guy Debord, as a way of reflecting on the legacy of the revolutionary period of late 1960s activism. For the 15-minute super 16 mm film Firework Text (Pasolini) (1998) Wyn Evans constructed a homage to the Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini; it shows a large billboard-sized text of fireworks displaying words from Pasolini's screenplay for his film Oedipus Rex, filmed in Ostia, where he was murdered in 1975. In 1997 Wyn Evans staged a solo exhibition at Deitch Projects, New York, and took part in the exhibition Sensation (London, RA), drawn from the collection of Charles Saatchi. From 1989 to 1995 he taught at the Architectural Association, London.

Life/Live (exh. cat., essays L. Bossé and H.-U. Obrist, Paris, Mus. A. Mod. Ville Paris, 1996–7)
Sensation (exh. cat., London, RA, 1997)

10 December 2000

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