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Artist Lecture: Keith Lewis
Keith Lewis, "The Saddest Aisle"
Saturday, March 3 | 7:00 PM
OCAC Centrum Studio
In this lecture, Keith Lewis will discuss the trajectory of his career and his continued focus on issues of loss, memory, longing and the imperatives and demands of the past. He will begin with figurative work from the early 90’s which focused on the AIDS pandemic and then move through bodies of work that address sex, sexuality and the notion of belonging. The talk will primarily focus on his current body of work entitled “The Saddest Aisle.” In this, his first body of non-representational work, he attempts to channel and honor the melancholy and sense of abandonment that permeates woven baskets found at Goodwill and other thrift stores. Taking cues from representations of the apotheosis of saints and the embellishment of relics, he has been trying to redeem and honor the sadness that emanates from these forlorn objects.
Keith Lewis received his BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1981 and his MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 1993. He has been teaching at Central Washington University since 1994, where he is currently CWU Distinguished Professor. In addition to his work as an artist and teacher, he has also written for a number of publications including Metalsmith, New Art Examiner and Artweek and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.
His jewelry deals with issues of identity, loss, memory and the notion of jewelry as a transportable polemic. It has been widely published and shown both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of significant public and private collections, including the The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Rotasa Foundation (CA), The Porter/Price Collection (NC), the Susan Beech Collection (CA), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
This event is free and open to the public