Simon Evans meticulously assembles simple materials like paper scraps, scotch tape, pencil shavings, and white-out into diagrams, maps, flowcharts and diary entries that obsessively catalogue the fragments of life. His text-based drawings, weavings, and embroideries share confessional, often humorous observations. Only Words Eaten by Experience presents a comprehensive overview of Evans’s work from the past five years. The exhibition includes Evans’s first tapestry work, Letter to the Future (2011), which replicates the look of handwriting on legal paper with carefully hand-stitched words addressed to the Future, describing an unimpressive past, and signed by William Shakespeare. In other works on view, Evans navigates the world, creating plots for dwelling and escape, and inventories of personal and cultural symbols. These expressions model a hierarchy of needs guided by uncertainty, tenderness, and the poetic absurdity of existence.
Simon Evans (1972, London, UK) lives and works in New York with Sarah Lannan (1984, USA), his partner and constant collaborator. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg; Aspen Art Museum; White Columns, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A travelling two-person exhibition featuring Evans and Öyvind Fahlström was held at Kunshtal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. Evans's work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including at Louisana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Tate Modern, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; the 12th Istanbul Biennial; and the 27th São Paulo Biennial.