A C Evans describes his art and poetry as a form of Realism, yet he cultivates the subversive potential of the bizarre and the grotesque.
Influenced by Gothic, the dark-side of Romanticism, fin-de-siècle Decadence and Aestheticism, AC relishes the iconoclasm of Dada, the absolute non-conformism of Surrealism, and the immediacy of Existentialism and Pop. He regards all these as points of departure none as a destination –we live in a post-Pop, post-avant-garde world of tabloid impressionism and amplified hyper-culture; the heroism of our modern life, our subtopian materialism. Poetry, he says, is Radar.
Born near Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1949, A C Evans lived in South London until 1963 when he moved to Essex and co-founded the semi-legendary Neo-Surrealist Convulsionist Group in 1966. In 1973 he moved back to London. His drawings, collages, reviews, essays, translations, poetry and stories have appeared in numerous small press magazines in the UK and abroad, and he is a regular contributor to Nox, Stride, Monomyth, The Supplement, Midnight Street, Inclement, Neon Highway and International Times and X-Peri
Collaborative work has included several projects with Stride’s Rupert Loydell, the poem sequence Space Opera was made into a digital video by Michelle Martin/OS2 and shown at the onedotzero3 Festival, at the ICA, London, in May 1999. The film of Space Opera has been used for the last 5 years as part of the lecture/seminar on fragmentation as part of the Craft of Writing module, a first year core unit at Falmouth University.