mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09
 
mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09
jul 22, 2009

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09

‘cold morning’ is a selection of four new films by mark lewis who represents canada this year at the venice art biennale. the films combine documentary footage and dramatic action with his recent interestin the historical technique of rear projection, resulting in works that explore the history of placeand the passage of time. the four autonomous works are presented together in a spatial syntax of oppositions that characterize some of the social tensions and spatial complexities that mark urban modernity as well as the conditions and potential of film as a modern medium.

nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating (2009) single screen projection, 4 minutes 35mm and 4K transfered to 2K film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)comissioned by justina m. barnicke gallery, hart house, university of toronto. mark lewis studio inc. in co-production with the national film board of canada‘nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating’ follows the undulating narrative of lovers which are seemingly immersed in the open dream space of an urban skating rink. the simultaneity of two temporal and spatial dimensions within one picture, already an aspect of the history of the avant-garde’s pictorial interests, challenges the visual experience of backgrounds as just a setting.

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating (2009) film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the young couple embracing film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating (2009) film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the open dream space of the skating rink film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating (2009) film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 nathan phillips square, a winter’s night, skating (2009) image © designboom

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09cold morning (2009) single screen projection, 7 minutes 35 seconds HD video film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris) comissioned by justina m. barnicke gallery, hart house, university of toronto. mark lewis studio inc. in co-production with the national film board of canada

shot in toronto, lewis shifts perspective in ‘cold morning’ by focusing on the actions of someone who lives and makes his home on the street during one winter’s coldest days. using rear projection, lewis elaborates on the spatial dissociation more explicitly at the level of film itself.

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the man and his belongings, finding warmth in cups of coffee and a nearby grater emits heatfilm still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 cleaning up his ‘home’film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 his belongings neatly piled togetherfilm still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the flight (2008) single screen projection, 5 minutes 27 seconds, HD video film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris) a production of the research laboratory for film & television – academy of fine arts vienna

‘the flight’ observes the to-and-fro of physical conflict without any apparent resolution.

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the flight (2008) film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris) a production of the research laboratory for film & television – academy of fine arts vienna

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the vicious cycle of the fight, separating the fight and starting another film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris) a production of the research laboratory for film & television – academy of fine arts vienna

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the fight continuing with no apparent resolution film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris) a production of the research laboratory for film & television – academy of fine arts vienna

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the flight (2008)image © designboom

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the film depicts men and women in the street fighting with no endimage © designboom

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 the flight (2008)image © designboom

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 TD centre, 54th floor (2009) single screen project, 6 minutes, 57 seconds 35mm transfered to 2K film still courtesy the artist / monte clark gallery(vancouver) / clark & faria (toronto) / galerie serge le borgne (paris)

the film offers a vertiginous view of the pulse of downtown from the 54th floor of mies van der rohe’s iconic office tower in toronto

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 TD centre, 54th floor (2009) image © designboom

mark lewis: canadian pavilion at venice art biennale 09 TD centre, 54th floor (2009) image © designboom

  • my city : )

    FLW

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
507,101 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine