Canadian artist Mark Lewis’ (b.1958) films and digital moving image works are short, precise and often based on particular techniques, referencing through method and subject to the wider traditions of photography and painting. His films are often depictions of everyday life and tend to focus on the aesthetics and methodology of the image rather than a traditional 'plot' - they are like moving photographs, or paused films; as if the artist intended to slow the eye down to its essential functions - to see and to understand. Recent films like Man (2012), Smoker at Spitalfields (2012) and City Road 24 March (2012) make direct references to the pictorial exploration of the everyday through the use of cinematographic techniques, and in his film Black Mirror at the National Gallery (2011) the interaction between the museum space, the mirror and the cinematic camera becomes a collaborative exercise for observation and composition making. Lewis has had numerous international solo exhibitions, including at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2008 and 2014; PS1, New York, 2006; Forte Di Bard, Italy, 2011; Man Museo D’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Italy, 2009; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2010; Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Vienna, 2008; FACT, Liverpool, 2006; and BFI Southbank, London, 2006. He is co-founder and co-director of Afterall, a publication and research organisation based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Lewis represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009, with Cold Morning. Mark Lewis lives and works in London, UK. www.marklewisstudio.com

Exhibitions

2013 Mark Lewis curated by Diana Freundl Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Vancouver, CA
2013 Mark Lewis - Pull Focus Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
2012 Mark Lewis: Man Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, CA
2012 Mark Lewis Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, CA
2011 Mark Lewis Kunsthalle Winterthur, CH
2011 Mark Lewis Sert Gallery, Carpenter Centre, Harvard University, US
2011 Mark Lewis Volker Bradtke, Dusseldorf, DE
2010 Mark Lewis Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, CA
2010 Mark Lewis Forte di Bard, Aosta, IT
2010 The Film Effect Forum Expanded; International Film Festival Berlin, Canadian Embassy, Berlin, DE
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