OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 6-8 PM
James Cohan is pleased to present Soul Gym, the fourth solo exhibition of work by Simon Evans™ at the gallery. Featuring a selection of works in various media, the exhibition will open at the gallery’s Lower East Side location on Friday, January 27 with a reception from 6-8 PM and will be on view through Sunday, March 5.
Simon Evans™ is the artistic partnership between Simon Evans and Sarah Lannan. Their collaborative work is widely known for its text- based aesthetic. Simon Evans™ uses handwritten phrases and other texts to create dense collages saturated with short, poetic phrases, drawings, and images often created from the detritus of everyday life both inside and outside of the studio.
Soul Gym confronts our increasing societal obsession with exercise, self- improvement and embodying the message of lifestyle brands. “There was a poster for a yoga studio - a schedule of classes - and it was super spiritual, language-wise, and it felt a bit blasphemous and maybe funny. And there’s a real obsession for self-improvement. But it’s just physical. The survival of the fittest and we were really interested in that,” says Simon Evans™. The artists expand on these concepts with a series of new works that pushed them to utilize a variety of mediums, such as sculptured letters, metal, plastic, fabric, and yoga mats.