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Gallery Conversation » The Beyond Mark Lewis
Join artist Mark Lewis for a conversation on his artwork in the temporary exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art.
Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
The Gallery Conversation is free, but a ticket to the exhibition is required: $10 (Free for members and youth ages 18 and under), available at Guest Services or https://crystalbridges.org/okeeffe .
About the Artist
In effect, Mark Lewis creates a love letter to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which he’s called home for decades. Upon arriving in the state after spending time on the east coast, Lewis was drawn to the wide expanses of the northern Oklahoma landscape and the unique spirit of the city. His method for creating his collage works is impractical, hauling a table out into his favorite haunts around the city equipped with cut paper so as to respond directly to the location in the moment. The final product is not simply a snapshot of a place, but an active conversation between artist and setting.
In Peoria Ave No. 7, a sprawling Tulsa street scene explodes to the edges of an irregularly shaped composition. Beginning with a small focal point of intrigue, Lewis labors over the course of months and multiple visits to the site, seeking to gain an appreciation for place through tactile exploration and the gradual accumulation of parts. Lewis constructs images that bend perspective and fracture space, merging time and changing conditions into a unified vision. It is a product of intimate exploration in situ as he endeavors to uncover the mysteries of place.
[i] “Interview: Mark Lewis,” MW Capacity, April 10, 2016, https://mwcapacity.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/interview-mark-lewis/.