The Artpark Idea Series: Evan Lewis
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Artist residencies played a crucial role in establishing Artpark as a pioneering and influential arts organization and are key to our development. To raise awareness and funds for future residency programs, Artpark is launching a series of conversations with eight notable artists.
Hosted by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Artpark’s President, Sofya (Sonia) Clark, attendees will be able to engage with the artists live via Zoom.
Click here to view the full Artpark Idea Series schedule
Founded in 1974, Artpark soon became one of the leading locations for the land art movement, inviting hundreds of artists to build temporary works on site. The "Artpark Idea" was to create a place where visitors became active participants perceiving objects over time -- from shifting perspectives and in relationship to the architecture. A place where art, public, and site become inextricably intertwined.
Artistic creation at Artpark generated immediate social, historical, and ecological implications that artists embraced and incorporated into their processes. The result was art that belonged where it was and where the relationship between creator and receiver was dynamic and alive. How this idea influenced the artists then and what it may be now is in the center of our discussions with the artists and audience.
Artpark is grateful to Stanzi Vaubel and Indeterminacy Consulting Group for putting the idea forward for this series.
Evan Lewis has been an active artist/sculptor since 1978. Lewis’s interest in kinetic wind-powered art has led him to work primarily in metal, mostly in stainless steel and aluminum. Equally important to his work is the incorporation of sound, which is produced through delicate wind-powered percussive components. In 1988, Lewis was commissioned to create his first large-scale wind/sound sculpture for Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia. Since the creation of that important first public sculpture, numerous commissions have followed including site-specific works for universities, municipal institutions, and private collections. In 1995, several of Lewis’ sculptures were commissioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment for the major motion picture “Twister”.
He was born in New York, NY, and grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He received his BFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and has been living and working in Chicago ever since.
While not able to participate in person, Agnes Denes (Artpark artist in 1977-79) has invited you to participate in her latest project -- a time capsule. Click here to complete a questionnaire to be included in a time capsule in London. It will collect the experiences of living through the pandemic and will be opened in the year 3020.