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Alex Evans: The Urban Geometrist

SEEN recently had the pleasure of seeing Alex Evans’ intricate cityscapes – and of meeting the artist himself – and we were immediately struck by the timeless nature of his work. Alex creates his architectural subjects by hand, demonstrating a breathtaking mastery of his technique and a profound recognition of the illusory nature of how we see the cities we live in – it’s never quite as we imagine it.

SEEN recently had the pleasure of seeing Alex Evans’ intricate cityscapes – and of meeting the artist himself – and we were immediately struck by the timeless nature of his work. Alex creates his architectural subjects by hand, demonstrating a breathtaking mastery of his technique and a profound recognition of the illusory nature of how we see the cities we live in – it’s never quite as we imagine it.

His pen and ink works seem to be simultaneously full of threat, alienation and potential. In the city, everything and anything is possible. His combination of minute detail and tessellation give his cities bizarre and unsettling movement, suggesting the dizzying, eye-confounding perspectives of Escher, yet at the same time suggesting that cities are themselves organic, given to fractal explosion in the manner of plants and flowers, or even reproductive life at the cellular and molecular level. The more you look, the more there is to see.

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