Unpacking, Wheels. 2019-2020
South London Gallery and Leeds Art Gallery part of New Contemporaries 2019
Yams, mirrors, cardboard, metal trolleys, cellophane plastic.
146cm x 98cm, 120 x 125 x 70 cm, 146cm x 98cm.
Re-encasing and amending a number of commodities, Perez Evans presents us with a series of semi-opened parcels in transit, parked temporarily in the exhibition space. Through various optical illusions, created by propping mirrors opened with live root vegetables and others with tarnished silver spoons, he creates an illusion of goods suspended in mid air, which also produce the image of wheels which are floating. The artist looks at how historical processes of illusion continue being present in consumer culture, where infinitely recurring sequences of class struggle, aspiration and power continue hallucinatorally haunting the present. Packing material, transportation trolleys and other shipping debris are left visible encasing the work, implying and giving visibility to many of the bodies of labour present in chains of production, bodies usually cleverly hidden with the purpose of further auratic hallucination in consumer culture and the art world.
Unpacking, Wheels. Leeds Art Gallery
Unpacking, Wheels. 02
View from above
Unpacking, Wheels. 3. Detail
Unpacking 4: Wheels, Feeder
Tarnished silver spoons, grease stains, mirrors, cardboards, plastics, metal trolley
150 x 175 cm