Several images from Doug Lewis' ScreenPlay Series, Beijing , 2011 (Doug Lewis)
When I asked former Winnipeg artist Doug Lewis what his audience
can expect at his artist talk and screening tonight (Friday, August 10)
at Video Pool, he admittedly blew me away:
"Absolutely nothing. I'm working towards nothing - and that's the whole thing. If you want to experience nothing, it probably won't happen, but you should try and come anyway."
Doug Lewis is an intriguing fellow. Our pleasant interview over coffee (he is a very affable fellow) had a Seinfeldian slant to it, and perhaps that is what I should have expected from an artist whose work has examined things like discarded fast food lids and various bits of sidewalk.
"I have choice ideas. In the past I've done installation work at galleries across Canada and every piece is in a different medium. I've done installations with salt, gelatin, photo projection, photos, and that sort of thing. So I'm hard to nail down" said Lewis.
Lewis, who currently lives and teaches in Beijing, has worked as both an artist and curator (if those positions can even be separated) all over the place.
After finishing his BFA at the University of Manitoba, Lewis worked at both the WAG and Plug In in the early 2000s, and he would eventually travel to London, England to complete his Master of Fine Arts. His work has been on display in galleries from Miami to Croatia and now he is predominantly showing in Beijing and Korea.
Tonight at Video Pool he will be screening work from his latest project titled ScreenPlay, which he has been working on for a number of years in cities like Beijing and London.