This site-specific installation and the two Dusk Slug works define a domestic setting, polluted by the sound and smell of cheap whiskey collected in small glass tumblers.
The visitor is faced with an accumulation of layers of domestic life, each of which adds further layers of sensory data, one on top of the other, evoking the portrait of an absent body detached and extracted from the temporal fabric.
This work is designed to suggest proposals for a new “set” for the transmission of emotions and attitudes, and for the understanding of a body in suffering or dissonance. These token-like signs or elements of interpretation and mapping can be decoded into statistics: for example, the average surface area of human skin, the time it takes to digest food, the average amount of unique words spoken per day, and so on. Lewis thus creates a strange poetic proposal for language and the understanding of dissonance.
James Lewis (London, UK, 1986). He lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Recent solo shows include: Nir Altman Gallery, Munich (2022); Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2021); Futur Zwei, Vienna (2019); Rupert, Vilnius (2017); Karlin Studios, Prague (2016). Recent group shows include; Staying With The Trouble, Carbon 12, Dubai (2022); For some bags under the eyes, sans titre (2016), Paris; Schmalz, Guimarães, Vienna (2019); Carved and Shaped by Proximity, Pina, Vienna (2018). Lewis is tutor and lecturer at the University of Applied Arts and Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; University of Leeds, University of Kingston and Norwich School of Art, UK and Paris College of Art.