Cirith Wayne Evans brings his neon-lit art to Wales


Its quirky neon installations and twinkling light towers are frequently shown in some of the world’s most exclusive galleries in New York, Mexico City, Tokyo and Shanghai.

In his first major solo show in his native Wales, the work of Sireth Wayne Evans is displayed in the traditional surroundings of an Edwardian-built gallery at the Llandudno resort, known for its old pier and waterfront – and the daring goats that descended on the town during the first closing.

Wayne Evans, winner of the prestigious Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, said he was thrilled to be on display at home.

“My spiritual and emotional connections are here,” he told The Guardian as he opened his exhibition in Mustine. “But for some reason and for another reason I have lived elsewhere for most of my life. I left Wales when I was 18 and am now 64.”

Wayne Evans said he was particularly pleased to have his exhibition on display in Mustaine. In its early days, the original Mustaine Art Gallery, with its bright terracotta facade, housed works for the Gwynedd Art Society of Ladies, who were denied membership in male-dominated local art societies on the basis of their gender. In recent years, it has been rebranded and revamped as a center for contemporary art. “I’ve always wanted to show in Mustaine,” Wayne Evans said.

I enjoyed staying in a hotel in the coastal city during the long and complicated installation period. “Llandudno is a very special place, with a unique feel, a weird kind of fantasy waterfront that goes on forever and rains all the time. It’s a little town on the fringes.”

Wyn Evans is excited to have a big show ever launched after exhibitions around the world have been canceled or impossible to travel to during the pandemic. “It is a great pleasure and a pleasure to be here.”

Born in Llanelli, South Wales, Wyn Evans has been described as the most widely recognized and internationally recognized Welsh artist working today. He began his career as a director, producing short experimental works. Comprising all six of the gallery’s spaces, the gallery includes intricate neon sculptures, seven-meter-high light columns and translucent glass panels, as well as a new film that will be altered and updated over the course of the exhibition.

“You really have to let yourself immerse yourself in yourself,” said Alfredo Cramerotti, director of Mustin. “It’s about perceiving sound, light, motion pictures, still images, air movement, vibration and landscape of the elements that affect and influence you as you move. It’s a two-way experience, about how you engage with space. and interact with them.

Wyn Evans accepts that his work can be considered esoteric. The title of this show itself may require some practice. ….) (her name.

Its people say it’s “open to different forms of interpretation” and Wayne Evans said he’s glad the show didn’t try to weaken things. “Thinking that no one will understand is the wrong way to look at it,” he said.

“My work has always been seen as difficult and impenetrable. So be it, I make no apologies for that.”

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