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Nick Evans & Lorna Macintyre: Ur Phenomenon

Preview: Friday 15 April, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Exhibition dates: 16 April - 25 June 2016

For 'Ur Phenomenon,' Nick Evans and Lorna Macintyre present a joint exhibition of new photographs and sculptures. The project has been initiated in response to the work of Nicholas Pope who will simultaneously be exhibiting a series of new sculptures and drawings in the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art's (NGCA) other gallery as part of 'Baldock Pope Zahle'. The starting point for 'Ur Phenomenon' was Nick Evans' formative experience of seeing Pope's sculpture 'The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit by Their Own Lamps' (1993-96) at Tate gallery in the late Nineties as a student. Recalling the encounter recently, Evans invited Macintyre, in conversation with Pope, to take a series of photographs of the sculptor's house and studio in Herefordshire.

The silver gelatin prints are displayed alongside Evans' sculptures and studio ephemera, creating an environment that amplifies the shared affinities between each artist, filtered through the implied, if absent, work of Pope. By invoking the studio, the installation blurs the distinction between the privacy of production and the publicness of display. While Pope's work inspired a conversation between Macintyre and Evans, her documentation of his work remains oblique. She presents a portrait of an artist through an idiosyncratic landscape of objects as much as through their work. The lyrical photographs gesture towards his influence, forming a type of formal and conceptual reverberation across generations. The title of the exhibition is lifted from Hannah Arendt's introductory text to Walter Benjamin's 'Illuminations'. Arendt's quote below, served as inspiration, articulating the affinities between Macintyre and Evans' respective practices.

"...derived directly from the only world view that had any decisive influence on him, from Goethe's conviction of the factual existence of an Urphänomen, an archetypal phenomenon, a concrete thing to be discovered in the world of appearances in which 'significance' and appearance, word and thing, idea and experience would coincide" (1968)

The exhibition will be accompanied by an interview between the artists and the NGCA curator George Vasey. 'Baldock Pope Zahle' runs from 19 March to the 18 June 2016.


Artists' Biographies:

Nick Evans (Born in 1976, Mufulira, Zambia) Recent solo exhibitions include McManus Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee (part of Generation, 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland) (2014), Tramway, Glasgow (2013), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2011). Recent group exhibitions include 'Plaster Casts and Copies', Hepworth Wakefield, 'Devils in The Making', Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (both 2015) and 'New Order, British Art Now', Saatchi Gallery, London (2014).

Lorna Macintyre (Born in 1977, Glasgow, Scotland) Recent solo exhibitions include 'Material Language Or All Truth Waits In All Things', Mary Mary, Glasgow, 'Solid Objects', Glasgow Project Room (both 2015) and 'Four Paper Fugues', Mount Stuart, Bute (part of Generation, 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland) (2014). Recent group exhibitions include 'Surface Tension', Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow, 'Representing Space', CCA Andratx, Mallorca (2015), 'Polarity and Resonance', Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna and 'Dirt and Not Copper', 221a, Vancouver.



Both artists are represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow. The exhibition has been kindly supported by Elephant Trust, Arts Council England and Sunderland City Council.