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Cerith Wyn Evans

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

PEOPLE UNACQUAINTED with the London art world are probably unaware of how central a presence Cerith Wyn Evans is here. Admittedly, to a certain extent this quasi-institutional status derives from his flamboyant party persona—he is a stately figure in Dior suits, dispensing Wildean pronouncements with a strict Welsh lilt. But his standing owes even more to his austere, heavily encrypted, crisply poetic tableaux, in which chandeliers, fireworks, and other objects are charged with literary, cinematic, and countercultural references. This elegant body of work has had formative impact on a younger generation of London artists who move in his orbit.

The recognition accorded Wyn Evans is somewhat belated: Now approaching fifty, he started out as a filmmaker in the ’80s and turned to art in the early ’90s, although his use of light and temporality continues to bespeak his roots in experimental

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