Mark Lewis, Through Glass, 2019, still.
Canadian artist Mark Lewis (b.1958) began his career as a photographer, but in 1995 started to work with the medium of film and it has been his artistic focus since. Lewis’ dozens of films are a single thread of research into the visual qualities of the medium, and its connection to the traditions of painting and photography. As if to emphasize this thought, most are silent and short, just minutes in length; the time it could take the viewer to carefully consider a painting or photograph. His film titles often reference the name of the place where the film was recorded, and sometimes the speed of the camera or the application of the zoom lens: vertical, horizontal, stationary, 360 degrees (dolly, pan, tilt, etc.). Perhaps not unlike when painting is described as oil on canvas. The camera sets the perspective, narrows it and expands it, drawing the world. These perspectives are varied, with Lewis’ films portraying both bustling metropolitan cities and quiet natural atmospheres, and although there is not an actual plot, there is always some sort of short story or movement, some of the films with actors and others without. This objective exploration of the possibilities within the medium of film creates an extravagant and dreamlike state. Mark Lewis has exhibited around the world and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2009. This is the first time Lewis' work is shown in Iceland.
exhibition a) - Kling & Bang