Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Many who see the work of artist Simon Evans will be reminded of a phrenologist's bust -- those human-head sculptures covered in mapped-out areas labeled with traits like "tenderness for the offspring" and "mechanical skill." Practitioners of the 19th-century medical art felt for lumps on patients' heads, consulting the bust to "diagnose" characters and aptitudes. Evans' intricate maps of notions and places aren't intended to be predictive or serious; instead they're just a hell of a lot of fun to look at. Whether it's a chart explaining 100 Reasons Why I Hate the Irish(which includes only 33 reasons, including "Hairy women," along with tangential ramblings on Janet Jackson) or a Traveler's Map of Heaven (which looks suspiciously like an aerial view of Golden Gate Park), Evans' work is, plain and simple, hysterical; see for yourself through Sept. 13 at the Jack Hanley Gallery, 395 Valencia (at 15th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 522-1623 or visit www.jackhanley.com.