The exhibition will feature drawings that explore themes of class, consumerism and the myth of the individual in modern Britain, captured through the shop window reflections of London’s retail mecca, Oxford Street
From small sketches through to large-scale drawings, drawing from observation has always been central to Evans’ practice. The pieces presented in Surface Worlds: Reflections in the City are inspired by scenes outside his studio at the former Royal Drawing School central campus, which he occupied in early 2017. They are linked by the frequent depictions of reflected surfaces, which combine the interior and exterior retail landscape presented upon a single surface.
“All the Oxford Street work presents views from the pavement, the experience of the outsider looking in. My work is built around the central concern of the individual’s experience, in both the visual, political and physical geography of place. This is translatable to the viewer as they are placed either as protagonist, through looking at a larger immersive spacial drawing or alluding to the experience lived through a central character.” said Evans.
The works will be accompanied by evocative “soundscapes” -- field recordings made whilst out drawing. Combined with the two-dimensional work on display, the sonic experience will further immerse visitors in the feeling of travelling through Oxford Street as Evans expands his recurring theme of genius loci (spirit of place).