Jack Evans - Capital, 2018

Fibreglass, household gloss. Courtesy the artist.


Fibreglass, household gloss, 2018

Courtesy the artist 

Jack Evans’ playful sculptures reference the disconnect between the romanticisation of ruins and the reality of modern architectural evolution. CAPITAL was made in 2018 for an exhibition at Whiteleys Shopping Centre in London. While the work celebrates one of the building’s unique architectural details, the Corinthian capitals with goat head motifs, it mourns the loss of decorative architecture and traditional arts to soulless redevelopment.

Whiteleys opened in 1886 as London’s first department store. In a fate that echoes Witley Court’s, the first store was devastated in an enormous fire. The current building, designed by Belcher, opened in 1911 and was the height of luxury at the time. It recently closed for a redevelopment reported to cost over £1 billion. Following what seems to be an irreversible trend in London and elsewhere, this will include high-end apartments and a hotel.

Originally finished in a garish household gloss to contend with the pizzazz of Whiteleys, the works have been reconditioned to become gentler, more sombre objects. They lie like toppled alien giants, far from their multiple origins - though they could be fragments of yet another ruin, long since disappeared.

Jack Evans

Jack Evans (b. 1992 Mansfield) is an artist living and working in London. He graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, from Central Saint Martins in 2015 and completed an ERASMUS Exchange, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2014. Evans' recent exhibitions include Life is too short to be serious all the time, London (Lumen Open Call); Inhabiting The Dome, Whiteley’s Building, London; Postage and packaging paid for, Art Licks Weekend 2018; The Floor is Lava Subsidiary Projects, London (Art Night 2018); The grass is greener HERE Inderwick Road, London.

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