11 September – 13 December 2015

Peter J Evans
Across islands, divides

An exhibition of new and recent work by artist Peter J Evans will open in BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne in September.

Evans is interested in the nature and ideas of finite truth in an infinitely changeable universe and works with drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and sound in an attempt to make sense of the ungraspable realities we live within. The title of the exhibition refers to the connections which exist between everything. Nothing exists in isolation and there will always be a connecting thread if we dig deep enough.

Fascinated by systems and patterns, Evans will show a number of process based drawings, many comprising complex structures of lines built up over a period of years. Alongside these are several new works, including a two part print edition, a unique projection technique for a super8 film and Broken Telephone, a sound work featuring Mark Fell, Laura Cannell and Rhodri Davies, comprised of sixteen tracks to be released as four 12” records. Evans conceived of this work as game between four participants, each making an original piece of music which travels round the other players, one after the other, each attempting to recreate from memory what they’ve heard after just one listen.

In previous exhibitions Evans has kept certain aspects of his practice at a distance but here he brings those concerns together in a single space for the first time, with didactic oak panels alongside computer controlled spinning pentatonic bells and wall drawings facing burnt timber sculptures.

Evans’ artistic process is a meditative investigation into reality and the stories underneath the everyday surface of things. The lines in his drawings are metaphorical maps that mark out and describe interactions between objects, atoms, emotions and places. Each line is, and represents, a path that has been travelled and the changes which occurred during the journey.

Peter J Evans was born in 1976 in Oxford, U.K. and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. He attended Dartington College of Arts from 1995-1998 earning a BA (Hons) in Visual Performance, later gaining an MRes in Digital Media from Newcastle University between 2008-2010.


Images: Peter J. Evans, Across islands, divides 2015. Installation view. BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39. Courtesy the artist and Workplace Gallery. Photo: Wig Worland


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Conversation: Creative Enquiry with Dr David Jones
Thursday 1 October 2015

A conversation between artist Peter J. Evans and the scientist, inventor and thinker Dr David Jones in which ideas of authorship, the path of an idea and ways of thinking will be discussed.

Why and how we as a species practice and follow creative endeavours has and remains an intriguing question. Creative enquiry itself is the starting point for a conversation between artist Peter J. Evans and the scientist, inventor and thinker Dr David Jones in which ideas of authorship, the path of an idea and ways of thinking will be discussed.

A non-conformist of the science word, Jones is known for his columns in scientific journals beginning in the 60s. In his latest book, “The Aha! Moment” (Johns Hopkins University Press), he speculates as to possible subconscious processes which find solutions to problems and addresses the troubles of turning them into practical products.

Conversation: Line, Form and Understanding; Peter J. Evans, James Jarvis & Ant Macari

Artists James Jarvis and Ant Macari; two individuals who continue to inspire Evans’ own work will discuss the significance of drawing as a means of understanding.

Since 2002 drawing has been at the backbone of Evans’ practice, utilised as a way of representing the distinct pathways of matter as they travel through time and space. Brought together here to discuss the significance of drawing as a means of understanding are two individuals who continue to inspire Evans’ own work.

James Jarvis is an artist and illustrator who has carved out a unique vision, most notably in his recent Spheric Dialogues series in which he drew a philosophy comic strip every day. His utilisation of these spheres as characters with which to explore ideas has a directness leading to depth, that is both enjoyable and thought provoking. Jarvis has recently shown at HHH gallery (Tokyo) and produced illustrations for Nike, Decent Skateboards and Air France.

Newcastle-based artist Ant Macari is interested in the ways in which we use visual codes to signify abstract ideas, from medieval heraldry to the mystical geometries of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Working in a range of media, pattern, mathematics and classical references are intertwined with a dry wit and sense of absurdity to ask questions about the hierarchies of the visual and written languages that surround us, and how we understand the world through them. Macari has previously had solo exhibitions at BALTIC and has performed at Tate Modern. Commissions include Project Space Leeds, Locus+, Side, the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool and Leeds Art Gallery.

BxNU Respond
Thursday 26 November 2015
18.00-20.00 / Free

Eventbrite - BxNU Respond: Peter J. Evans

Students from Northumbria University post-graduate community at BALTIC 39 present responses to Peter J. Evans’ Across islands, divides.

Performance: Broken Telephone + Sue Tompkins
Friday 4 December 2015
19.00-22.00 / BALTIC’s Project Space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets: £5/£4 concessions / BALTIC Members 10% discount

Eventbrite - Performance: Borken Telephone + Sue Tompkins

Marking the launch of the four-record set that encompasses Broken Telephone, the contributing musicians Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, and Mark Fell, will play live alongside Evans.

The evening will begin with a performance from a long standing inspiration for Evans – the Glasgow based artist Sue Tompkins.

Further Information
Laura Cannell is a highly acclaimed and innovative composer/performer. Laura is a self-taught fiddle player and studied recorder at London College of Music and the University of East Anglia. Using self-developed techniques of the “deconstructed bow” and “double-barrelled recorders”, Cannell combines folk and medieval traditions with an improvisatory approach to create exploratory music that expands the no-man’s land between the archaic and the innovative, transcending temporality in instantaneous compositions.

Playing harp, electric harp, and live-electronics, Rhodri Davies continues to challenge what a harp can do through a classically trained approach combined with improvisation. Davies was a prominent member of the London reductionist school of improvised music in the late 1990s / early 2000s. He has achieved critical success as a solo recording artist, contemporary composer, artist, orchestral player and session musician. His other activities and regular groups include a duo with John Butcher, Common Objects, HENOGLEDD, The Sealed Knot and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch.

Peter J. Evans has been a successful artist, composer and technician for over twenty years, musically working in both solo form (nwavi, thx1742, athabasca, nebula boy) and collaboratively (with the band cumulonimbus, sessions with Metronomy and remixing Maximö Park). His practice is meticulous, meditative and research driven – often working in series over several years – often spanning multiple mediums. He has received several residencies including an Arts Council International Fellowship (Helsinki), an Amino programmed research placement (Beijing) and nominations for awards including The Northern Art Prize.

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). Fell is widely known for combining popular music styles, such as electronica and club musics, with more academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choregoraphy, critical texts and educational projects. Fell presented a solo exhibition at BALTIC 39 in 2013 and has presented work at prestigious international venues including: Hong Kong National Film archive, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Laboral (XIxon), The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), The Serpentine (London), The Australian Centre For Moving Image, Artists Space (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), Corcoran (DC), Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (NY), Lampo/Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Hanger Biccoca (Milan) and others.

Sue Tompkins lives and works in Glasgow. Working with fragments of language gathered from everyday encounters and experiences, Tompkins’ practice incorporates text, sound, installation, painting and performance. Tompkins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994, and has been involved in exhibitions and performances worldwide including solo exhibitions at The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow at Glasgow International; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Spike Island, Bristol; and Contemporary Art Musuem, St. Louis. She has presented performances and been included in numerous group exhibitions including those at: BBC Scotland, Glasgow, White Columns, New York; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; the 29th São Paolo Biennale, São Paolo; the British Art Show 7 at the Hayward Gallery, London and touring; MACBA, Barcelona; ICA and the Tate Modern, London; and Artists Space, New York.