Mark Lewis’ films are deceptively simple, often employing a reduced or minimal formal language. They typically consist of a single shot, whether tracking, zooming, or simply static with no camera motion. The films rarely have sound or any visible cuts, and neither does his work Sunset. The work is a shot of Vancouver on Second Beach in 2012 of a sunset setting through the bars of a beach promenade’s balustrade. Visitors of the beach appear and disappear as black silhouette behind the outlines of the banister while the descending sun increasingly dominates the camera’s frame.
Sunset is typical of Lewis’ cinematic installations, which are frequently depictions of everyday life and tend to focus on methodology and aesthetics rather than plot. The short form appears more like a moving photographs, or a paused film: as if the artist intended to slow down the viewer’s gaze.
Mark Lewis lives and work in London, UK.