Unveiling of new work by Chris Evans and mini symposium
Location: Witte de With, center for contemporary art
"My methods are simple: conversations that are bombastic in their connotations of power and influence dissolve into mute objects, leftovers from these hidden negotiations." Chris Evans
The sculpture Portrait of a Recipient as a Door Handle, After a Drawing by an Anonymous Philanthropist by Chris Evans is the result of a conversation Evans had with an anonymous philanthropist. The philanthropist made a drawing that symbolizes a figure who receives a gift after he / she has overcome the fear of abuse. The artist then translated this drawing into a plastic model, reproduced it and finally processed it in the form of a door handle. The figure focuses the gaze both outwards and inwards. The door handle is attached to the Rabobank entrance door at the Blaak 333 in Rotterdam. The work of art is thus a standard for the possible installation of identical door handles on the entrance doors of other benches around the central boulevard in the future.
The entrance doors of banks can be seen as a border line between public and private interests. They embody the usually invisible capital flows within a city. The figure of the philanthropist has a dual relationship to these capital flows - on the one hand he acquires capital, on the other he brings capital back into the public domain.
Portrait of a Recipient as a Door Handle, ... is part of a series of works by Chris Evans that were created by conversations with people from various parts of society. Each interlocutor is chosen on the basis of his public function or symbolic role, for example the directors of a famous champagne house, a former member of the British Constructivists, the chief director of a Texas pharmaceutical company, a Maastricht police officer and, in the case of work commissioned by SIR, a philanthropist. These conversations result in sculptures, letters, drawings and film scripts. Evans deliberately deviates from the circumstances under which a work is usually produced, in order to undermine a number of traditional foundations of artistic expression - such as authorship, intentionality and originality.
Chris Evans (Eastrington, England, 1967) lives and works in London.
Monday 3 February 2014 (19.00 - 21.00 hour)
Tirdad Zolghadr Location: Auditorium, Witte de With. WdW Review (wdwreview.org) is Witte de With Center for Contemporary Arts latest publication: an online platform focused on informing our ever-growing range in an era of constant reformations, whether aesthetic, geographic, economic, common, ecological, or even spiritually. A section of the platform is called 'Desks' and takes the form of a series of reports from a number of international editors, in Athens, Delhi / Calcutta, Cairo, Moscow, and the newest addition: Jerusalem, led by Tirdad Zolghadr. He takes the opportunity to present an upcoming series of contributions to WdW Review's Jerusalem editorial during his lecture in Witte de With's auditorium.
16.00 walk-in Rabobank Rotterdam, Blaak 333
16.30 welcome Rabobank Rotterdam and Ella van Zanten (Artistic director Art Affairs Rabobank Netherlands), Dees Linders (head of SIR) and Chris Evans
17.00 presentation "Portrait of a Recipient as a Door Handle, ..."
17.30 walk to Witte de With
18.00 starts symposium
Location: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Thanks to: Rabobank Rotterdam