New Exhibition Dates (IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS at The Foundry Gallery





New Exhibition Dates (IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS at The Foundry Gallery


This email is sent by ELIZABETH GOODE at THE FOUNDRY GALLERY for the upcoming exhibition by ALEX EVANS



 EXHIBITION  EXTENDED
NEW EXHIBITION DATES

FOR THE FIRST TIME THE FOUNDRY GALLERY WILL BE AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

for immediate release

alex evans

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS

 

 PRIVATE VIEW  14 september 2017 | 6.30 - 9.00PM


15 september 2017  -  26 october 2017


WEEKDAYS 10.00-5.00PM & BY APPOINTMENT


 
 THROUGHOUT THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL, 16 TO 24 SEPTEMBER,


THE FOUNDRY  GALLERY WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10.30  -  5.00PM

Section of CRACKS / SHADOWS,  2017
For millennia, we have been in awe of the fundamental laws of nature, seeking out patterns and symmetries from microscopic particles to the greater universe.  Geometry and symmetry appear to govern the world around us with an underlying mathematical order resulting in the formation of simple and complex shapes and patterns. There is a long aesthetic tradition of nature inspiring and being represented in human civilisation, the ancient Greeks studied natural forms abstracting them as simple geometrical shapes in which to construct their temples and shrines.


In the mid 1800’s Joseph Paxton’s design for the Victorian mega-structure ‘The Crystal Palace’ originated from the vein structures of the giant lily pad ‘Victoria Amazonica’ and was constructed from a pioneering modular steel structure. A century later the architect Buckminster- Fuller’s radical futuristic geodesic domes were derived from honeycomb with interlocking triangular pieces. Modular in construction the flexible frames could be replicated and built quickly; enlarged or reduced in scale to suit countless prerequisites.


It is from researching these realised and theoretical propositions in architecture, urban planning and biosciences that the artist ALEX EVANS has created an evolving series of obsessively hand-drawn original works and prints composed of geometric shapes and complex patterns where the shapes appear to replicate themselves and sometimes go on to transform in scale.  His complex mathematical drawings depict imagined cities like hybrid architectural forms and delicate emergent bio-organisms.  


In Evans’ original large scale drawing ‘Cracks / Shadows’ we see layered observations of hexagonal paving slabs found on the sidewalks of New York City. The moss found growing in-between their cracks at the same time interrupt and create new geometric patterns of urban detail. ‘Cracks / Shadows’ suggest Evans’ imagined cities appearing and disappearing in patterns of emergent growth, like tangled shadows obscuring otherwise rigid geometrical patterns and systems.  The notions of mathematical traditions have been subverted, playfully taken apart and re-made as complex examinations of municipal space and scale.


‘Mourning Palmyra’ a series of intricately drawn circular forms which adopts the pattern of the ‘Flower of Life’ as a leading compositional principle.  This ancient expression of geometric beauty and mathematics presents a series of interlocking circles which Evans has rendered in pen and graphite with which he has created spaces, layers and dimensions through his repeated acts of drawing and erasure. The minuscule drawn marks resemble cuneiform - a system of writing first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia, now in danger of eradication owing to current conflicts in the region.  Evans’ depicts these languages of architecture, geometry and nature as both growing and being destroyed; in a state of unsettling flux and transformation.


Within (IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS Alex Evans seeks to explore the constant need for cultures to assemble and reassemble the built environment around us.  Through a playful examination of scale, pattern and narrative he creates systems of drawings only to then disrupt, erase and take them apart in a constant dialogue between organic and formal structures. “The cities I imagine through drawing exist neither in the past or the future. They are not solutions to urban problems but a pen and paper utopia where the excess of the city pushes against mathematics of nature.”  - Alex Evans

 

ABOUT ALEX EVANS: Alex Evans originally trained for a BA (Hons) in Drama at The University of Hull and and an MA in Visual Language of Performance at Wimbledon School of Art.  His work has been exhibited nationally in galleries including MK Gallery, London Art Fair and the Anise Gallery.  His award-winning international projects include multi-disciplinary collaborations and residencies in Australia, Japan, the Maldives and across Europe.  Alex is currently the first artist in residence at Tower Bridge London. He lives and works in London.

ABOUT THE FOUNDRY GALLERY: The Foundry Gallery exhibit contemporary art that explores relationships between art and architecture. Established as part of Le Lay Architects in London’s ‘Chelsea Design Quarter’ the gallery forms the foundation of the practices research into how architectural ideas are conceived and how people engage with buildings and structures.

Each year we choose three artists to exhibit new artwork in the gallery, each artist has put forward a proposal for a new body of work or a continuation of current work which fits the galleries remit of art work that explores the relationships between art and architecture. We work for a year with each artist in giving them a supportive framework to explore their working practice and build an exhibition. Above all, we support the making of new art.

***Our program also consists of us renting the gallery space to more established artists, galleries and curators who hire the gallery space in between our exhibition program. This income enables us to continue working with the artists we support.***


(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS

(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS by ALEX EVANS