Archives 2nd half of 2013
Mark Lewis' silent moving images use the formalist language of cinema to explore the experience of urban environments in various parts of the world.
Exhibition 18 October 2013 -
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For this first projection at the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor public art space, Offsite, a diverse selection of Lewis' recent films is featured continuously on an eight-
Mark Lewis, 8 Days, 2013. HD film, site specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Vancouver has been the focus of several of Lewis' films, but those screening at Offsite look to urban landscapes beyond this city, bringing viewers to the streets of Toronto, London and Beirut. In some films everyday moments are isolated and emphasized with a deliberate slowness. For example, the banal action of elevators going up and down in The Moving Image or the hypnotic spinning of clothing in a dryer in Willesden Launderette: Reverse Dolly, Pan Right, Friday Prayer. In others, he deconstructs a film by way of its own components. For instance, observers are immersed in aerial flight as a crane enables a camera to pan across the sky and capture the cityscape in Beirut. In Mid Day, Mid Summer at the Corner of Yonge and Dundas, the film is reversed so that local commuters at a busy intersection in downtown Toronto move backwards, the result of which is both simultaneously familiar and strange. Presented upside-
The nature of cinema assumes a stationary viewer in a darkened space, so negotiating a meaningful reception with a mobile audience is a challenge for any urban screening. Lewis' moving images are surrounded by a busy downtown thoroughfare, through which people walk and drive on their way to work, shop, tour or socialize. By presenting Lewis' work in this context of site-
Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1958, film-
Offsite is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Freundl.