Visitors to the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo have an opportunity to admire works by Cerith Wyn Evans during an exclusive exhibtion entitled “L>espace)(…”, which runs from July 20 through January 8, 2024. Through words and light, the Welsh artist explores the confines of reality.
L>espace)(…, a presentation of sculptural works by Cerith Wyn Evans at the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, is part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” initiative, which brings works from its Collection around the world, showcasing them at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice, Beijing, Seoul and Osaka.
Cerith Wyn Evans, a multitalented artist
Working in film, video and sculpture, Cerith Wyn Evans is a conceptual artist whose works are informed by a convergence of artistic experiences. He graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art in 1980 and then the Royal College of Art in 1984, earning an MA in Film and Television. He began his artistic career with experimental films and videos with rock bands, shooting the short film Degrees of Blindness in 1988. In the early 1990s he began working in different media, including sculpture, bringing new forms to his creative practice.
Cerith Wyn Evans’ pieces explore the manifestation of forms in space, combining text, sound, video, light and photography. The artist draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of conceptual art to create works that are spectacular in dimension, deeply inspired by post-symbolist and avant-garde literature.
L>espace)(…, a singular sculptural oeuvre between fact and fiction
The set of works presented at the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo was assembled in 2007. They showcase Cerith Wyn Evans’ remarkable use of light, employed here to convey obscure statements. He embraces the paradox, using his works to explore the grey areas between fact and fiction, reality and its reflection, established certainties and contradictory feelings.
Cerith Wyn Evans reveals his deconstruction of intertextuality, associating text and neon lights. The suspended neon letters are reflected and multiplied in their glass supports. He also plays with Latin palindromes that coil up on themselves, and explores questions of translation. Poems by William Blake, quotations from Judith Butler, Michel de Certeau or Marquis de Sade are blinked on screens in Morse code using lights connected to computers.
With L>espace)(…, Cerith Wyn Evans thus proposes a unique sculptural oeuvre that transposes movements, texts and sounds, blurring the viewer’s perception of reality.