Past Exhibitions

Mark Lewis: Modern Time
Including Recent Acquisitions from the Collection

October 13, 2007 to January 6, 2008


Mark Lewis
Algonquin Park, September 2001, 2001
35 mm transferred to DVD
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Over the past fifteen years, the London-based artist Mark Lewis has attracted widespread acclaim for his work in film. Lewis first began to work with film in the mid-1990s, when he was teaching at the University of British Columbia. His work from this period, including Two Impossible Films from 1995, focuses on the history of cinema, incorporating the dazzling production values of Hollywood while at the same time calling attention to the way in which the vocabulary employed in cinema works upon its audience.

Since the late 1990s, Lewis has worked within a distinctly minimal set of parameters, often dispensing with sound and limiting the duration of his work to about four minutes, the length of a standard roll of 35mm film stock. Presented directly on the walls of the gallery space, these works deliberately blur the boundaries between film, painting and photography. As the noted film theorist Laura Mulvey has pointed out, the looped screening of these brief films addresses “questions of both the spectator’s limited concentration and the need for repeated re-viewing, the need, that is, to reflect as well as to watch.”

This exhibition presents a selection of Lewis’ film works, including Algonquin Park, September 2001, and Off Leash, High Park, 2004, which were recently acquired by the Gallery and Northumberland, 2005, a pledged gift from the artist.

Related Events
Artistís Exhibition Tour
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
in the Gallery
Join artist Mark Lewis to tour his exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.