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Christopher Evans

Biography

Chris Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. His work often evolves through conversation with people from diverse walks of life, selected in relation to their public life or symbolic role, for example, the directors of a leading champagne house, a former member of the British Constructivists, the CEO of a Texas pharmaceutical company, a selection of elderly Italian politicians, an anonymous philanthropist etc. Sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts and unwieldy social situations created as a result of this, are indexes of a larger structure through which Evans deliberately confuses the roles of artist and patron, author and muse. Likewise his role in this is contradictory: moving between artistic freedom and social responsibility, individuality and the collective, sovereignty and involvement. He is interested in the notion of the monument and its discontent and the hidden relations behind the fruition of a cultural object for public use – for example, how beliefs, social status and ideological positions are negotiated in the work of art – and how these might be questioned through the invention of absurd alternative procedures to produce sculpture. Through a desire to make art that has at it outset political motivation - finding fault lines in the politicisation of culture - its utilitarian function as social ameliorative or harbinger of urban regeneration - Evans is intent on maintaining its connection with personal, poetic or imaginative investigation.

Languages

Spanish; Castilian

Degrees

1993, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona, Spain, MA Fine Art

Publications

Highlighted publications

Evans CJ. Hat, Hat, Hat, Uniform >Link

Artefact

Evans C. 2018. A Sculpture for the Councillor of Culture (Neuchâtel) >Link

Evans C. 2018. Home Economics >Link

Evans C. 2017. Cowlick >Link

Evans C. 2017. Jingle >Link

Evans C. 2015. Errors Hit Orient >Link

Evans CJ. 2014. A Needle Walks Into a Haystack >Link

Evans C. 2014. Untitled (Drippy Etiquette), >Link

Evans C. 2005. Cop Talk >Link

Book

Evans C. 2011. Goofy Audit, Collected Works, 1998-2011 9781934105740

International Project Space Birmingham E. 2007. Militant bourgeois

Evans C. 2001. Gemini Sculpture Park

Other

Evans CJ. Home Entertainment >Link

Exhibition

Evans CJ. Hat, Hat, Hat, Uniform >Link

Evans CJ. Village Lawyer >Link

Evans CJ. Chris Evans, Pak Sheung Chuen Two solo exhibitions >Link

Evans CJ. Clerk of Mind, >Link

Evans CJ, Bernstein D, Connor F, Jamison AF, Sijben R, Ziqiang Wu J, Vajda D. Bureau of Unspecified Services >Link

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

External committees:

Board of Trustees, Liverpool Biennial, Trustee, https://www.biennial.com/

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

ARTISTS' IDEALS AND THE IDEAL CURATOR - Chris Evans & Praxes, ARTISTS' IDEALS AND THE IDEAL CURATOR, Witte de With, Oral presentation 12/02/2016

Chris Evans & Praxis, Berlin, Artists’ Ideals and the Ideal Curator, Witte de With, Oral presentation 12/02/2016

External committees:

Board of Trustees, Liverpool Biennial, Trustee, https://www.biennial.com/