Video by Eva Madden
“…a highly performative practice that reflects a spirit of inventiveness and belief in the transformative power of art.”
Glenn Lewis has been a major influential force in cross-disciplinary art practices engaging with multiple ideas and defining limits of materiality.
Lewis doesn’t take a refuge in art, rather he lives it; defining an approach to art as life. He has developed a highly performative practice that reflects a spirit of inventiveness and belief in the transformative power of art. The ideal of bringing art and everyday life together through experiential and communal activities has fueled his expansive practice.
At age 81, Lewis continues to perform his life as an artist with a rare generosity that has always emphasized that what is important and at stake here is an artist and his art.
As evident in his oeuvre, he has continually tested ideas about the potential of art and in the continuous practice spanning five decades, making an extraordinary contribution to visual art as he pushed the boundaries of aesthetic ideas and its articulations all the while engaged with the quotidian imperatives and the urgencies of the now to forge a future.
Zainub Verjee, artist, critic, curator and art administrator (Executive Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries) (nominator)
Glenn Lewis, Survival Paradise, 1980, serigraphs with Canon prints, 55.88 cm x 76.2 cm each. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada
Glenn Lewis, Lidded pot and photograph, pot made at Bizen, Japan 2015, photograph, 1981, Title: Ritsurin, Takamatsu. In exhibition: Vancouver Special - Ambiguous Pleasures, 2017. Photographer: Glenn Lewis