About the work: Known internationally for his moving image multiple channel digital collages that are projected large- scale in museums and large galleries, New-York based artist Cliff Evans has created smaller scale single-channel works as well. Evans calls himself a digital collage artist because he culls his images from the internet, strips them from their original sources, and recontextualizes them into either potent single images or densely layered landscapes. Always provocative and timely, Evans's work Flag (2012) incorporates military drones assembling phalanx like to create the American flag. Awaiting a specific “order”, the drones then fly off to to do the bidding of an anonymous super power source. They reassemble to start the cycle all over again. Evans clearly riffs on Jasper Johns’s Flag, yet he translates this famous artwork into a provocative and paranoid icon for the 21st century.
About the artist: Exhibited extensively internationally, Evans' work has been shown in such spaces as The New Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, and Location One in New York City; The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois; the Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California; Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Mexico; Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland; and the China International Gallery Exposition, China World Trade Center in Beijing, China. Evans' work has appeared and been reviewed in various media and publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Flashart, Artreview, Rhizome.org, and National Public Radio.
Awards and honors include: Artforum's Top 10 Artist Films for 2006 as picked by MOMA curator Barbara London; a traveling scholarship from The Medici Society Limited, London, UK; and a nomination for the Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, New York, NY. Evans has also been an artist-in-residence at Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood, Lenox, MA; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; and Location One International Residency Program, New York, NY.