Cecile B. Evans

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Cecile B. Evans

Softness (2015)

Developed by Evans, Softness is a cosmetic oil which made its first appearance in an advert for the item in the artist’s 2014 film Hyperlinks or it Didn’t Happen, an exploration of avatars – a work which also featured a CGI animation of the late Hollywood actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A computer-animated Japanese singer called Yowane Haku advertises the product. Found online by Evans, Haku is an avatar who dances to an otherworldly cover of Billy Idol’s Eyes Without a Face. “I spend so much time, believing all the lies, to keep the dream alive,” sings Haku as she spins seductively around a hotel room. “This product is very much tied to its original source, it only exists because Yowane Haku exists,” said Evans at the end of October 2014 to Nowness where the advert premiered.

Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983, Cleveland, O.H) lives and works in Berlin and London. Evans has received commissions from the Serpentine Galleries, London and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and participated in group exhibitions at Bergen Kuntsmuseum Norway, Jerwood Foundation London, Pilar Corrias Gallery London and Kunstverein München Munich. A recent solo exhbition at Seventeen Gallery, London and her films have been screened at the BFI London, Grand Century, New York, Hamburg Film Festival, and Art Basel Miami. Evans has received art awards including the Frieze Art Fair’s Emdash Award (2012) and Palais de Tokyo/Orange’s Push Your Art Prize (2013), and a number of grants and residencies such as Wysing Arts Centre (UK), CCA Andratx (Spain), and the Arts Council of England.

Cecile B. Evans

Softness (2015)

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Digitally printed and treated Z-corp powder bottle, beauty oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carrot Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Bergamot, Palmarosa, Rose geranium, Rose, Orange Leaf, Benzoin Celery Seed, and Petitgrain.)*, box

*All ingredients are cosmetic grade

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