Inspired by his Hackney neighbourhood, Richard Evansâ€™s sculptures draw from the grittiness of urban culture. In Black Grape, Evansâ€™s giant wave towers over the viewer with an air of monumental sadness. Made from silicone carbide, a material used for grinding rocks and cutting diamonds, Black Grapeâ€™s dark swell is a metaphor for existential crisis, desire and grief. Personifying his raw force of nature with fag butts and a beverage can, Evans renders a sense of powerlessness in the face of immense beauty and devastation. The palm tree on the drink logo mirrors the curvaceous composition of the wave; Black Grape is a brand of soda popular in the fringes of London society.
Richard Evans Canto IV
Wax on aluminium, steel, wire and pumps
146 x 200 x 52 cm
Richard Evans Hoodie
hydroponics, wax, aluminium, steel
205 x 51 x 153.5 cm
Comprised of a sculpted hooded jumper connected to a hydroponics unit, Richard Evansâ€™s Hoodie broaches abstraction with a multiplicity of cultural references. Using drug paraphernalia as a kind of plinth â€• as a foundation for altered perspective, and as a source and receptacle for the endless cycle of dripping water that perspires from the sculpture â€• Evansâ€™s sweatshirt is bolstered as a totemic psychological portal. Hanging as a vacant shroud, Evansâ€™s jacket invokes associations to both chav fashion and religious garb. Coated in wax, the draping suggestion of a figure is given a malleable tarry skin, through which embedded tubes emit sweat-like streams of water, creating an image of addiction, suffering, and catharsis. The faint sounds of â€˜rain dropsâ€™ caused by the precipitatious cycle give the piece an air of contemplative sadness.