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Alex Evans' obsessively hand drawn geometric shapes and complex patterns depict dense miniature cities which resemble emergent systems, morphogenic architectural structures and delicate biological organisms. 

In the manipulation of mathematic tradition within his collection of painstaking pen on paper drawings, the resulting patterns and prospective topologies of space systematically reconfigure perspective and geometry, creating an interplay between dimensions and an illusory examination of space.

Oscillating between celestial and microscopic scales, the urban specimens he draws disorientate with their presentation of unnavigable and inhospitable surfaces, chasmic depths, distances and impossible architectures.  

His use of negative space and voids both construct and disrupt a sense of compositional wholeness within prospective architectural space.  Fissures and tears which are created by the omission of drawing provide structural information in their exploration with edges and boundaries. There is an ephemeral and ambiguous interjection of the unrealised, where the city is both at once appearing and disappearing, subjected to imagined and unseen forces and patterns of emergent growth.  The resulting tangled shadows and obstructions which obscure the otherwise rigid compositional coordinates create layers of megastructural pattern and systems which explore the indeterminacy and improvisation inherent within the very act of drawing, often subject to and in defiance of rational scientific or mathematical understandings.

 

Alex originally trained for a BA in Drama at The University of Hull and and 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.  In 2017 he was appointed as the first ever Artist in Residence at London's iconic Tower Bridge. He lives and works in London.

 

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Solo Shows

'(In)visible Systems - The Foundry Gallery, London 2017

'Beauty and the Bridge' - Tower Bridge, London 2017

'Progress' - CueB Gallery, London 2016

'Hexity' - Oulun Kauppungin Teatteri, Oulu, Finland 2013

'Immensities' - MK Festival Fringe, Milton Keynes 2013

'Megasites and Microtopia' - CueB Gallery, London 2012

 

Group shows

'Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize' - National Tour, 2018-19

'In the Future' - Collyer Bristow Gallery, 2018

'MK Calling 2017 - MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 2017

'London Art Fair' - Anise Gallery, London 2017

'London Creative Network' - SPACE Studios, London 2017

'Society of Artists in Architecture' - Framers Gallery, London 2016

'Art 16' - London Olympia with Anise Gallery 2016

'Taking Shape Prize' - CueB Gallery 2016

'Paper Cities' - The University of Greenwich, London 2016

'Tools of Resilience' - The White Space, London 2016

'All of this is Temporary' - Rich Mix, London 2016

'Urban Dialogues' - Anise Gallery, London 2015

'MK Calling 2015' - MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 2015

'VirtualRealism' - Anise Gallery, London 2015

'OpenCueB' - CueB Gallery, London 2012, 2013, 2014

'The Winter Show' - Orso Major Gallery, London 2014

'Buy Art Fair' - Orso Major Gallery, Manchester 2013

'MK Calling' - MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 2013

Exhibitions

Article by Tabish Khan in 'The Londonist',  July 2017 LINK

Feature on 'London Live', July 2017 LINK

Article by Joe Marshall, 'Exposure Magazine' London, July 2017 LINK

 

Article by Elinor Perry-Smith in 'SEEN' London, May 2016 LINK

Feature in 'UNTAPPED CITIES' New York, by Yan Shun Lee, Jan 2016 LINK

 

Artist Profile from the 'SHORTY AWARDS' Nominated for 'Best Vine Artist' Jan 2016 LINK

 

Artist Profile by Nadine Fares Kahil in 'CURVE Magazine' Jan 2016 LINK

 

Review of 'Urban Dialogue' by Patrick Myles of the 'HUFFINGTON POST' Oct 2015 LINK

 

Studio visit and interview with Ailve McCormack 'FROM THE STUDIO OF...' Nov 2015 LINK

 

 

Press

'Crushed' featured in 'Stylist Magazine' Nov 2015

Photo Credit: Louisa Parry

Downloads:

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