4 October – 13 December 2014
As the official launch of the Cardiff Contemporary festival, g39 is pleased to present UDO, a substantial new body of work by Carwyn Evans. Carwyn's sculptural work has resulted from the overlaying of two contrasting cultures – that of agriculture and high-couture. Translating from Welsh as ‘howl’, udo is an animal cry, a verb, an action of direct expression. Expect a contrasting landscape of earth, smell, perfume, decadence, dread, desire and disgust.
Evans’ practice draws directly or obliquely on his own personal, cultural experiences while exploring broader social and political shifts. He has previously reflected on migrations, translations and mutations, and their blurring effect on culture, society and politics. This is referenced in some of his choices of materials in more recent works where the agricultural heritage of his past shapes his vocabulary – but for UDO it is as much about a different and more rapid urban(e) production and manufacture: high end couture, the contemporary artworld, television production and set design that is contrasted against the slower seasonal changes of agricultural production.
Carwyn Evans is a renowned Welsh artist. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011, the same year that he won the coveted Gold Medal Award for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Previously he had been awarded the Young Artist Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod (2000) and was the first recipient of the Ifor Davies award in 2003 for work which recognised ‘the spirit of activism in the struggle for language, culture and politics in Wales.’
Also showing at g39 in Unit#1: Inga Burrows – The Green Room (4 October – 1 November); Siân Melangell Dafydd – Foxy (15 November – 13 December)
G39, Oxford St, CF24 3DT