Animism: intro

June 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Cetacean mri (song for Dawn)

Animism: New Paintings and Drawings by Paul Evans

@ The Atrium Gallery Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4LU

11th June – 19 July 2010

Preview: Thursday 10th June 7:30 – 9:30pm

This exhibition marks the halfway point in my ongoing Leverhulme Trust funded residency based within Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology. The exhibition opened on 10th June 2010 and continues until 19 July 2010.

The work in this exhibition has been principally created in response to time spent within HISAR. The present outcome consists of three series: cetacean mri, the first, comprises three large paintings based on the brains of humpback whales; songbirds, the second, consists of 10 small drawings on board and burial: three large drawings in graphite on paper. Further reflections on the thought processes that have led to the making of these works can be found in texts that are located close to each respective series. There is also a ‘satellite’ work (entitled Orbit) that directly relates to the work undertaken within the department of Optometry. All of these works operate at the fluid boundary that exists between animal and human, culture and nature.

I would like to thank the Cardiff University Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences for hosting this exhibition and in particular Professor Tim Wess and Jenni Jones for their enthusiasm, help and assistance. I would also like to thank the School of Archaeology and History for their outstanding hospitality and support during the course of my residency so far. The following people deserve special thanks: Prof. Ian Freestone, Dr. Steve Mills,  Laura Henderson, Ian Dennis, Dr. David Wyatt, Anne Brown, Susan Virgo, Niall Sharples, Aled Cooke and Rebecca Blackwell. Last but by no means least I would like to thank Dr Jacqui Mulville for her pivotal role in creating this opportunity for me and for helping, encouraging and spurring me in so many ways over the last few months.

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