Mark Lewis - Films 1995-2000

20 Oct 2000 - 04 Feb 2001

"Film is an old invention," says Canada's Mark Lewis. "It's a bit dusty, and artists are picking over its remains, re-thinking its history." Fascinated by cinema, its social phenomenon, and its power to seduce, Mark Lewis began to experiment with film in the mid-1990s. The artist premises much of his work on the idea that cinema is entering its terminal phase as the medium of choice for mass artistic expression. Mark Lewis Films 1995-2000, an exhibition of installations and screenings, is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and is on view from 21 October 2000 to 4 February 2001. The Pitch (1998) is a work that focuses on the extra, a role often omitted in the credit lines of a film. Centrale (1999) refers back to the stationary recording of actuality pioneered by Cecil Hepworth and other early film experimenters. Its focus is on a street scene observed through a window. Smithfield (2000), rejoices in the movement of the camera, echoing, in an almost childish pleasure, the works of the Lumière Brothers and the origins of cinema