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An exhibition of new and recent work by artist Peter J. Evans at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne 11th September - 13th December 2015
Evans is interested in the nature and ideas of finite truth in an infinitely changeable universe and works with drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and sound in an attempt to make sense of the ungraspable realities we live within. The title of the exhibition refers to the connections which exist between everything. Nothing exists in isolation and there will always be a connecting thread if we dig deep enough.
Fascinated by systems and patterns, Evans will show a number of process based drawings, many comprising complex structures of lines built up over a period of years. Alongside these are several new works, including a two part print edition, a unique projection technique for a super8 film and
Broken Telephone, a sound work featuring Mark Fell, Laura Cannell and Rhodri Davies, comprised of sixteen tracks to be released as four 12” records. Evans conceived of this work as game between four participants, each making an original piece of music which travels round the other players, one after the other, each attempting to recreate from memory what they’ve heard after just one listen.
In previous exhibitions Evans has kept certain aspects of his practice at a distance but here he brings those concerns together in a single space for the first time, with didactic oak panels alongside computer controlled spinning pentatonic bells and wall drawings facing burnt timber sculptures.
Evans’ artistic process is a meditative investigation into reality and the stories underneath the everyday surface of things. The lines in his drawings are metaphorical maps that mark out and describe interactions between objects, atoms, emotions and places. Each line is, and represents, a path that has been travelled and the changes which occurred during the journey.
All photos by Wig Worland copyright 2015.