CLODS, Diplomatic Letters

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Ulex Europeaus, commissioned drawing by Dirk Jan Nieuwenhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Madrid, 2012 Silver Gelatin Print © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Juliètte Jongma
CLODS, Diplomatic Letters

Gerard Doustraat 128a
1073VX Amsterdam
September 8th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012

Canal Girdle
+31 (0) 20 463 69 04
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For his third solo exhibition, Chris Evans (1967, UK) presents two new  series under the title CLODS, Diplomatic Letters. Hollowly echoing urban  planning, the CLOD mimics the concrete lump left by the removal of a  post or pipe. Each piece has at least one hole and bears the traces of  its facture process. The Diplomatic Letters are black and white  photographs showing small drawings on paper of common invasive plants  such as the globally rampant and toxic Camera Lantana. The drawings were  commissioned from diplomats and photographed by the artist.

The two series embody a common thread of deliberation and its inversion,  a handle of negative space. Diplomatic Letters reverses the drawing into  white on black, an invention of the soothing grasp of invasive agents by  skilled managers of foreign affairs. CLODS, with their evocation of  abrupt displacement, belie this haste with their worked-over surface,  returning us to an idea of 'policy' traversing the making process and  the planning process.

Soliciting the dream life of honchos and henchmen is the crux of Evans'  artwork. Oblique artefacts emerge from unwieldily social situations that  confuse the role of artist and patron, genius and muse.

Chris Evans lives and works in London, UK. Upcoming exhibitions include  ‘Surplus Authors’, curated by Defne Ayas and Philippe Pirotte, Witte de  With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2012); Taipei Biennial Two  Year Project, Taipei (2012) and ‘Specific Collisions II’ , Marianne  Boesky Uptown Gallery, New York (2013). Recent solo exhibitions are:  ‘Goofy Audit’, Luttgenmeijer Berlin (2011), ‘The Cell That Doesn’t  Believe in the Mind it is Part of’, curated by Lisette Smits, Marres  Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (2010) and 'I Don't Know If  I've Explained Myself' curated by Tirdad Zolghadr, Mala Galerija,  Ljubljana (2010).