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  • Nick Evans
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Oceania 2011
  • Scottish Art
In 2011 Evans was part of the Artists’ Fellowship Programme, a collaborative project between Creative Scotland and the Scottish National Modern One. Over a seven month research period, Evans was allowed unique access to the collection, archives, library and staff expertise to research new working methods and ideas. As a result of this, Evans produced the sculptural work ‘Oceania’. It comprises three large sculptural forms displayed on plinths on screen-printed floor tiles. The ordered, largely symmetrical nature of the floor design contrasts strongly with the unruly plaster bodies and wooden bases above. The choice of title situates the work within a historical context of the surrealist imagination and Andre Breton’s famous 1948 exhibition of Oceanic artefacts.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA 5176
  • Medium Fibre reinforced plaster carved oak, screenprinted birch plywood, oak floor
  • Size 180.00 x 400.00 x 600.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2012