We celebrate LGBT History month with Cerith Wyn Evans’ Time here becomes space/ Space here becomes time (2004).

Time here becomes space / Space here becomes time by Cerith Wyn Evans

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In this conceptual neon sculpture composed of two linked phrases, Cerith Wyn Evans invites us to consider the ideas of time and space. The use of the word ‘here’ encourages us to reflect upon the particular space and time in which they are located, while paradoxically opening up a new conceptual space which exists beyond all geographical boundaries and the limits of time itself. As raised by the artist himself, the two sentences ‘call’ to each other to provide a spatial commentary which both contradicts and complements.

Wyn Evans’ neon pieces propose ‘subtitles to everyday life’. He challenges us to reconsider our relationship with language by showing that words have their own explosive energy, and that they belong to no one. In his own terms: ‘I don’t want to put people in a particular place. I want them to negotiate for themselves’. Wyn Evans has acknowledged the influence of the 1950s and 1960s generation of experimental filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger as well as other radical 1960s figures like the musician John Cage, and the author William Burroughs.

In 2014 an enlarged version of Time here becomes space/ Space here becomes time was installed above Leadenhall Market, London, as part of Sculpture in the City, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture located around the Square Mile.

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in Wales and lives and works in London. His artistic practice is concerned with conceptual ideas. Wyn Evans became a significant figure in the gay scene around the Blitz club and Taboo, in the wake of New Romanticism, capturing a landmark moment in British queer culture in his emerging art practice. He came to attention in the 1980s as an experimental filmmaker and collaborator across artistic disciplines, including dance and performance. His sculptural works combine ideas from art, history, philosophy and science, in order to transform our perception of the world around us. He is best known for neon text works, demonstrating a particular fascination with language and light. Forms in Space….by Light (in Time) was presented at Tate Britain in 2017, with 2km of neon suspended in the air in the manner of a frozen fireworks display.

In 2018, Wyn Evans was awarded the second Hepworth Prize for Sculpture for his floating sculpture comprising 37 glass crystal flutes powered by organ pumps. Recent overseas solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2018); O-Town House, Los Angles (2018); Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo (2018) and Museum Haus Kontruktiv, Zurich (2017). His work has also featured in numerous large-scale contemporary art exhibitions, namely the Venice Biennale (1995, 2003, 2011, 2017), the 14th Biennale de Lyon (2017), the Istanbul Biennial (2005, 2009) and Documenta 11 (2002).