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  • Provenance

    Neu Gallery, Berlin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Galerie Neu, Cerith Wyn Evans: Once a Noun, Now a Verb, May–July 2005
    Mönchengladbach, Museum Abteiberg, Strange I’ve seen that face Before, 7 May–17 Sept 2006

  • Literature

    Strange I’ve seen that face Before, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, 2006, p. 23
    Octavio Zaya, ed., …visibleinvisible, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León,2008, p. 67

  • Catalogue Essay

    “A work has to have a resonance so that it can move on different levels.”
    (Cerith Wyn Evans, ‘Frieze talks to Cerith Wyn Evans’, Frieze, issue 71,
    November–December 2002)
    The bulbs of the chandelier work Once a Noun, Now a Verb from 2005
    blink out words and sentences in Morse code, and the resulting cryptic
    messages are transcribed onto a nearby monitor. This particular work is
    the largest and most recent of Wyn Evans’s ‘Chandelier’ series and it has
    appeared in exhibitions around the world. William Stover, curator at the
    MFA Boston where these works have been exhibited and where there is
    one in the collection, has described the work as “absolutely beautiful at
    first; then if you delve into his sources, you realize it is also intellectually
    brilliant” (in M. Carlock, ‘Words Imagined: Cerith Wyn Evans’, Sculpture,
    vol. 24 no. 5, June 2005).

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Once a Noun, Now a Verb

2005
chandelier (Luce Italia), flat-screen monitor, Morse code unit, computer
approximately: 250 x 150 x 150 cm (98 3/8 x 59 x 59 in)
This work is unique and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 Ω ♠

Sold for £82,850

Contemporary Art Day Sale

11 October 2012
London