Today the Tate Britain unveiled its new installation by conceptual artist and sculptor Cerith Wyn Evans titled ‘Forms in Space…By Light (in Time)’. The work was specially commissioned as part of the gallery’s annual Tate Britain Commission, as sponsored by Sotheby’s, which invites contemporary artists to create work inspired by the grand space of the Tate Britain Galleries.
The impressive light sculpture hangs from the ceiling of the 300 feet long Duveen Sculpture Galleries, and is constructed from 2km of neon lighting. It begins with a single neon ring that acts as a view point finder, and develops into an explosion of gestures throughout the gallery. Cerith Wyn Evans took inspiration from the dance and movement of Japanese Noh theatre, as well the idea of communication through gestures. Complex lines and curves mirror footsteps, folds and movements resulting in a ‘drawing in space’.
The piece relates back to some the artist’s earlier works, where he again used the medium of neon lights to express ideas about mapping motion. As an undergraduate student, Evans worked as a guard in the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries, and his relationship with the space in which the sculpture sits is clear.
Alex Farquharson, director of the Tate Britain, says of the work, “This compelling commission demonstrates Cerith Wyn Evans’ ability to create structures out of a light on a challenging scale and reveals the rich world of poetic ideas that informs his projects”.
The installation is present in the gallery from the March 28th to August 20th 2017 and the gallery is open daily 10-6. There is also an Artist Talk with Cerith Wyn Evans on Friday 16th June, where he will discuss this new installation.
Discover more about the installation here.