For AC poetry is an infinite psychonautical trip; an exploration of the bizarre and the grotesque – yet he describes his work as Realistic. 'Poetry’, he says, ‘is radar’.
Influenced by the dark-side of Romanticism, Decadence and Aestheticism, AC may endorse the iconoclasm of Dada, the 'absolute non-conformism' of Surrealism, the Angst of Existentialism, and the immediacy of Pop. But all these are points of departure, none a destination – we live in a world of tabloid impressionism, open realism and amplified hyper-culture; such is the heroism of our modern life, our Subtopian Materialism.
Born near Hampton Court in 1949, A C Evans lived in South London until 1963 when he moved to Essex and co-founded the post-underground (Fourth Wave) Neo-Surrealist Convulsionist Group in 1966. He moved back to London in 1973. His drawings, collages, reviews, essays, translations, poetry and stories have appeared in numerous small press magazines in the UK and abroad. 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.