Last week saw the opening of EVOL’s first solo show in the States at Jonathan Levine. For Repeat Offender, the Berlin-based artist created new stenciled works on cardboard and metal, and also produced a series of photographic print editions documenting Caspar David Friedrich Stadt, a 2009 installation project in a former slaughter house in Dresden, Germany. The show runs until May 5th.
Evol’s multi-layered stencil paintings on used cardboard and scrap metal portray unpopulated cityscapes. The artist carefully selects materials with a weathered appearance to use as his canvases, representing the neglected quality of low-income housing in Berlin. Evol achieves extremely convincing architectural illusions through clever incorporation of torn edges, dents, tape fragments, box markings and exposed corrugated textures. Believing the character and history of any space is worn on its façade, like scars on skin, Evol’s works convey elements of urban decay and remnants of a turbulent history in a post-wall, pre-gentrified East Berlin. In the artist’s words: “clean surfaces don’t speak to me, so recording these marks is a process of visually remembering the charm of a place that will soon be painted over.”
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