Saturday, October 23, 2021

One Thought: 20 Years of Making Textile works


One Thought: 20 Years of Making Textile works by joe lewis. 

September 3 – 28, 2021 

Atelier Ludmila Gallery 129 1/2 Hunter St. W, #1 Peterborough ON.

 

When I was invited to pay to show in a commercial gallery in Peterborough Ontario I decided to go for it and use the walls to look at a body of work that i have been working on since my first trip to the lands inhabited by the Gwichʼin, the Hän, the Kaska Dena, the Tagish, the Northern and Southern Tutchone, and the Tlingit (Teslin) peoples in the lands know as the Yukon ( a Gwich'in name meaning "great river." )  Territories in Canada's north. 

Out of  this trip a new visual vocabulary based on road signs enter my work but one in particular came to the fore. A silhouette recognizable as a body builder competition pose. It struck me at the time was right to have an objectified male figure to use to explore the reactions of a viewing audience. My ideas about how this figure might be viewed recently when i was working on the newest banner pieces when the cut out figure could be read as child size with all the energy and curiosity bottled up inside ready to leap into action. i had to let go of my cynicism

How people respond to my work has always intrigued me. The idea of using one image only opened the widow to exploring / learning different weaving techniques; Jacquard and Tapestry and numerous surface design techniques; needle work, image transfer, appliqué, piecing and natural dying. 


SAMPLERS 


    “In different terms”

 1999-2021
thermal transfer on felt with couching on found damask
26″ x 25″,  $275

 


 “Waiting”
2007- 2021

Natural dyes, transfer print appliqué on cotton handkerchief 18″ x 18″   

 $350

 


 “Working men in log cabin” 

1997 - 2020
Pieced cotton quilt square. Varnish transfer and appliqué
12″ x 12″,  $275

 

 

“Two”

 2017
Applique with chain stitch on pieced fabrics unknown fibre
24″ x 12″,  $350

 


 untitled
2021, 

pulled thread and chain stitch on layered cotton12.5″ x 12.5″,

 $275

 

 

Man In Garden”
2017-2021

reverse appliqué, appliqué and stitching
4′ x 32″ approx., 

 $1,200

 


 “Sampler
2019

 pulled thread work and chain stitch on found linen place mat
19″ x 13″,  

$350


“Shield: unnoticeable man”
1998 - 2021
pieced fabric and chain stitch appliqué
9″x 9.5″, 
$250


 “Dreaming
2015 thermal transfer on cotton, chain stitch 11″ x 11″

$300



 

Frame
2021 mixed fiber, cotton appliqué and embroidery 24″ x 19″,
 $350

 


Wistful
2021, printed organza and lace appliqué
15″ x 8.5″ 
NFS

 Jacquard Woven Hangings


"(Mud Flap) Boy in Landscape“ 
2007, 
Jacquard Woven Textile
48.26 cm w X 76.5 cm h
19” w X 30” h
Warp: 6 colour repeat cotton,
Weft: 2 1st shuttle mixed white 2/8 cotton
and mesmerized sewing thread
2nd shuttle Black 2/8 Cotton, 

 


Red Tool Belt, 
2003, 
Jacquard Woven Textile
68.58 cm X 101.6 cm
27” h X 40” w
Warp: cotton,
Weft: 1 shuttle, cotton and metallic 

Reflections on The Man in the Moon
 2010, Jacquard Woven Textile
Dimensions
48.26 cm wide X 142. cm h
19” w X 55.9 “ h
Warp six colour repeated cotton
Weft 1st shuttle black
2nd shuttle White



Blue Sky With Red Rose Camouflage
 2007, Jacquard Woven Textile, 48.26
cm wide X 1.42 meters High (19 “ X 56”)
Warp: 6 colour repeat cotton
Weft: 3 colour
1st shuttle Black 4/8 cotton and mercerized
sewing thread
2nd Red mixed 4/8 cotton and 2 shades of red
mercerized cotton sewing thread
3rd Grey mercerized cotton sewing thread 




“Young Harlequin In The Landscape”  
 2007, Jacquard Woven Textile
48.26 cm w X 142. cm h
19 “ w X 56”h
Warp: 6 colour repeat cotton
Weft: 3 colour/
1st Black mixed 4/8 cotton and sewing thread
2nd grey mercerized cotton and sewing
thread
3rd white 4/8 cotton


“Blue Genes” 
2003,
 Jacquard Woven Textile
68 cm x 105. cm
27”h X 40” w
Warp: cotton,
Weft:1 shuttle, cotton and metallic

BANNERS


Sky Child”
2021
painted canvas with reverse appliqué with pieced band
19″ x 4′ $2,000



Dancing Child”
2021
Pieced found textile appliqué on silk 19″ x 4′ $2,000

 

 

 

a new though to be continued.

 


 

   

Monday, September 06, 2021

joelewis: Curriculum Vitae 2021

Education: Self taught 

 Solo Exhibitions 

2021 " One Thought: 20 Years of Making Textile Works", Atelier Ludmilla Gallery, Peterborough,Ontario 

2015 "Not Born in a Trunk", Ryan's Premise National Historic site, Bonnavista Newfoundland 

2002 "Yukon Sketches", OR, Guild Hall, Whitehorse, YT 

2000 Velvet Highway and Other Journeys, Material Matters, Toronto, On. 

1999 "Patchwork; Reconstructing The Personal", Artspace, Peterborough, On. 

1997 "Construction", part two, Cameron Public House, Toronto On part one, College Street Bar, Toronto, On. 

1996 "Surface" part two, Eye Of The Storm, Toronto, On. part one, Street City Bikes, Toronto, On. 

"Land Weather Family", part three, Myxed Media Art Gallery, Calgary, AB. 

1995 "Land Weather Family", part two, Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, On. part one, Caffe Senator, Toronto, On. 

1994 "Flight", Cameron, Public House, Toronto, On. Baroquecoco Trash, Bloomsberries Clothing and Art, Toronto, On. 

1993 "Story", Express Café, Toronto, On. 

1992 "New Work" part two, La Hacienda, Toronto, On. part one, Express Café, Toronto, On 

1991 "Land (e)scape Memory", Levity, Toronto, On. The Nancy Ward/Residency Project, Artspace, Peterborough, On. Reference, Cameron Public House, Toronto, On. 

1990 "Flowers and Other Things", Express Café, Toronto, On. 

1989 "Pain", Cameron Public House, Toronto, On. Confessions of a caffeine addict, Rivole, Toronto, On. 

1988 "Dirt", The Extra Space, Toronto, On. New Work, Broadview Gallery, Peterborough, On.

 "Myth and Object", The Rainbow Room, Toronto, On. Barbie's Dream House, Artspace, Peterborough, On 

1987 "Juggery", Trent University Women's Centre, Peterborough, On. 

1986 "The Barbie Show", part four, Tulip Café, Paris On.. part three, The Rainbow Room, Toronto, On. part two, Peter Robinson College, Trent University, Peterborough, On. 

1985 part one, Metropol Espresso Bar, Calgary, AB.

  Selected Group Shows

 2006  "Stocking Stuffers", Pentimento Fine Arta Gallery, Toronto 

2001 "Renaissance Men", Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum,, Golden Colorado, US

2000 "Foundations'" Peterborough Arts Umbrella, Peterborough On. 

1998 " Instant", Olivia Thompson Gallery, Toronto, On. 

1996 "Wear", object referencing the body, Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB. 

1995 "New Land", Daniel B. Sponagle Gallery, Toronto, On. 

1994 "Home, South Logan Salvage, Rescue, Scarp and Art", Toronto, On. Curated by Garth Barriere "Middlemarch", Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, On. Organized by the Literary Press Group 

1992 "AIDS Memorial Show", A Space, Toronto, On. Curated by Clamorous Intentions 

1991 "Images For Life", Evelyn Amis Gallery, Toronto, On. Curated by Spencer Row 

1990 "Raw Fantasies", Artefect, Toronto, On. Curated by Philip Carins 

1989 "October Rage", The Extra Space, Toronto, On. Curated by Michael Allen 

1988 "No Bill C-52", Weller Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, On. The Erotic Show, Artefect, Toronto, On.

1987 "The Exchange Show",part three, Artspace, Peterborough, On.part two, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, On. part one, K.A.A.I., Kingston, On. Peterborough selection Curated by David Beirk 

1986 "The X-Mass Show", Gallery 101, Ottawa, On. Curated by Dennis Tourbin 

1985 "Taking stock", The Next Wave, Artspace, Peterborough, On. Curated by David Beirk. 

  Selected Performance Work 

1995 Small Business, 16mm film by Rita Listner, Toronto, On. ''joe'' lead male 

1993 Dishfunktion, an evening of performance work by joelewis and Metia Winkler at Artspace, The Market Hall, Peterborough, On. 

1992 Rochdale, a play by Friendly Spike Theatre, Poor Alex, Tarragon Extra Space, Toronto, On. 'postman' a projected character 

The Nancy Ward, in concert reading of script for 12 voices, at Artspace, The Market Hall, Peterborough, On. Writer / performer 

1990 My Secret Kitchen, a performance piece by and with Margaret Dragu, at Artspace,The Market Hall, Peterborough, On. ''Art Director'' super numerary 

1987 Where e You Goin' The Mall, solo multi media performance, writer/performer, Producer / Director, Garth Barrierre / Synk Productions Western Front, Vancouver BC, 3rd Vancouver Fringe Festival Stage 8, Edmonton AB., Gone with The Fringe 

1986 She Should Have Stood In Bed, a courtly entertainment for S.G. Taylor during ''this moment is an Eternity'' installation/performance at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, On. 

Where You Goin' The Mall, solo muti media performance Multi Cab 5 regional performance festival, Arstspace, The Market Hall, Peterborough, On.

 '...nice day'' solo Dance piece, Choreographed by Jane Mappin, La Groupe Des Place Royal, workshop performance, Artspace, The Market Hall, Peterborough, On. Selected Readings 

1992 from Disfunktion... Open Country Books, Calgary, AB. The Union Theatre, Peterborough, On. 

1991 Disgo, Dhatgo, improvised story telling Friendly Spike Theatre, Benefit, Toronto, On. 

 Sync Cabaret Too, open mike, July- August, weekly M.C. and improvised serial story 

1990 Betty Stories, improvised serial story, Yo, open mike nite, Feb.-May The Love Club, Toronto, On. And I Do Sing, book launch. The Union, Peterborough, On. 

1989 Fashion is Not Your Friend, poetry Reading Hangman Pub, Peterborough, On. 

1985 Ode to Italy, poetry reading, Ten Foot Henery's, Calgary, AB. 

1984 Two Narratives, short story reading, A Gala Night of Performance, Artspace, The Market Hall, Peterborough, On.

  Publications 

 "Ode To Italy", synk Ink, 1985, poetry chap book 

"Where you goin' the mall?", synk Ink, 1987, comic book 

"Better never than late", synk Ink, 1989, comic calendar 

"Dishfunktion: a deconstruction of the micro wave safe", pas de chance 1994, novel (publication pending)

"And I Do Sing", a poetry cycle by Joe Lewis, Synk Ink  1989,  2013 E-Book

  Articles and Reviews 

 ''lewis vision...'' Catherine Jenkins, Arthur, Trent University student paper, Vol. 4 no. 12, 1983

 ''Barbie Doll'' Martha, Tancock, Peterborough Examiner, Jan. 17, 1986 

 ''...Comes to town'' Garth Barriere, Go Info, Dec. 1986 

''Where you going'' James Adam, The Edmonton Journal, Aug. 21 1987

 ''...crowd baffled'' Neal Watson, The Edmonton Sun, Aug.20 1987

 ''...some funny'' Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun, Sept. 17 1987 

 ''Home Unstable'' Jake Baken, Arthur, Vol.22 no.6 Oct. 1987 

 ''Hard Questions'' Andrew McPhail, Extra, no.107, Aug. 1988 

''Expressive...'' Lisa Lowe, Arthur, Sept. 20 1988 

 ''Artistic Cabaret'' Chris Corrigan, Peterborough, Examiner, Jul.5 1191 

 ''Queen West'' Garth Barriere, Extra, Feb. 21, 1992 

 “Joe Lewis: Remembering Home”, Wendy Pearson, exhibition essay Patchwork: Re-Constructing the Personal, Artspace Peterborough Ontario May 1999 

“Joe Lewis: Holding The Torch”, Garham McCracken Fibre Focus Volume 53, Number 3 Autumn 2010

 “Joe Lewis: Jacquard Weaver” Garham McCracken Fibre Focus Volume 53, Number 3 Autumn 2010 digtal exclusive 

 “Man/ Body/ Fibre” John Hopper Inspirational Plus 2016 

 


 

Monday, February 22, 2021

My Imaginary Wood Lot

 Buses, Cars, people on foot and on bikes, street cars and trucks pass by and through this location in down town Toronto everyday barely noticing it's beauty. I have looked at for 30 years or more and only with Covid restrictions preventing me from getting out of the urban (not) jungle it became a spot to go to and drawn nature.

 looking east towards the Don Valley Parkway Dec 3, 2020 3:45 pm

looking to the north noticing details

November 29 2020 3:15 pm

nature can deal with humans if left to its own devices  November 2020 3:00 pm 


a view north through Riverdale Park from the north side of where River Street goes down to Bayview Dec 6 2020 2:45 pm

January 25 2021 2:45 pm

the opposite view of the first drawing so looking west from the Eastside of my imaginary wood lot

as it nears the end of February i went out again 

February 24, 2021 4pm under cloudy skies

 

March 19, 2021 Old tree in Riverdale Park west



March 19, 2021 view of foot bridge across the Don Valley a few yards futher north then i have drawn so far 




Monday, June 15, 2020

The Story of A Fried Egg. 1990 performance script


Title Card/ slide used in the second performance at Artspace in 1993

The Story of a Fried Egg is a story about the excitement. caution and joy of my 7 year old self cooking a fried egg secretly and for the first before my parents got up. I had seen both my mother and father at the stove, had watched them like a hawk so had enough chutzpah at 7 to try. I combined that story with my then (1990) current HIV+ reality of having to take 5 different pills a day some on an empty stomach some with food.along with constantly having blood work.

It  was written as a monologue and preformed at Artspace in Peterborough Ontario and the end of a two months Artist Residency called "The Nancy Ward" in July and August 1990. Artspace was then located in what became the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre If you follow the Market hall link and see what it looks like now, that is not the configuration of the space as it was in 1990. Back then it was a space divided in two with a performance space with a bank of tiered risers with chairs for seating in the south end and large open gallery space in the north. In other words it was a giant playpen for me to play in and invite the public in to mill about or join in. 


poster for The Nancy Ward: Joe Lewis in residence Jul2 2 -August 30 1990

If you want to perform this monologue yourself here are the stage directions. notes on set costume props and images for slides. since it begins with you sauntering in to the spotlight carrying a Aida or shopping bag and singing the 1953 song "Young At Heart" a ballad with music by Johnny Richards and lyrics by Carolyn Leighthat Frank Sinatra had a mega hit with,  you need to learn it



now that the song is in your head we'll proceed.
 
Production needs:

sketch for a set idea 1990

Set:an ironing board.  and a chair in front of a slide screen (projections are optional but the projected text is integral to the meaning of the performance but not the story)

 costume:pants, a baggy T shirt tucked into pants, a watch with alarm vintage Adidas Bag or large shoulder bag or  plastic shopping bag 

props: large bag with bottle of water and plastic cups and 20 to 30 pill bottles ( please note performance may be done wet or dry)

sound track: (optional) radio playing low and an alarm clock being set off by stage manager at regular intervals of three minutes 
screen shot from documentation of first performance at Artspace, August 29, 1990
Action: story teller enters from audience carrying all props in bag with them, singing strains of "Young at Heart" stands at ironing board and opens the bag, takes out the water bottle and glass, and begins to tell the STORY OF THE FRIED EGG.

procedure with stage manager and alarm clock:

When the alarm is sounded the story teller must stop and preform the following tasks. open the bottle of water and pour an inch of it into the glass, set both down, then reach into the bag and bring out a pill bottle, stand up, pull open the front of the underskirt and drop the pill bottle into the shirt and pour the water out of cup onto a closed mouth ,wipe the mouth sit down and continue with the story. this action must be repeated every time the alarm is heard.

procedure without stage manager and alarm clock:

The performer will stop the story at several intervals look at their watch announce a progression of times from seven thirty five AM onward until eight thirty am and upon announcing a time, perform the task with the pill bottles as described above.

When the story is finished being told (cue line Woody Wood Pecker is over now)_(the alarm should be left to ring while) the performer pulls up the front of the underskirt and wipes their face and neck while the pill bottles fall with a crash to the floor. end of action freeze to the beat of 10. Then lift a cupped hand to the ear a speak last two lines in a slight whisper (alarm off radio up )

second slide
Text with text from optional slides indicating the break in story for task performance.

Be aware that text as written here is only the basic story, the story changes and expands with improvisation as it is preformed

THE STORY OF A FRIED EGG


This is the story of a fried egg and a story about all the independence that came to the seven year old who learned to create such an object. Imagine, not that you have to. 
Imagine its Sunday morning 7:00 am, Imagine that your parents are still in bed, asleep and that you are hungry, 
Cereal is easy but cereal is boring, and besides that its Sunday morning. 
Slide 3

So, being the brave little soul that you are you look into the cupboard under the kitchen sink and find the tiniest, teeniest  little frying pan that there is and, it weighs a ton, you pull it out, BANG, dam oops hope Mom and dad didn't hear that. 
Slide 4

That's step one, now step two, go into the dining room and look for an empty chair that's laundry, that's coats, that ones Leah's, better not touch that or she'll have a fit, that one, no not that one this one this is the chair. 

slide 5
 


Now what makes more noise pushing or pulling, both but you have come this far your not going to let that stop you it doesn't matter. 
So now the chair is in front of the stove you climb up on it and there.
OH you forgot the eggs and the frying pan, get down. 

slide 6 

 
Now for the fridge, its easily open, but then what the eggs are at the top of the door, you could just reach up there, but you might drop them. 
Now consider what's worse the noise the chair will make as you drag it over here or the mess dropping all the eggs on the floor would make.
 Climb. Open the door as far as it will go, stand on your tippy toes and oh. 
There's a box of eggs on the bottom shelf well that was easier than you thought. 
You smile to yourself. 

slide 7

 
Now what, you've got eggs, frying pan, the chair makes you high enough so you can see into the frying pan when your kneeling down, you don't want to fall of the chair. 
Now butter you've seen Mom do this a million times butter is easy, now what. 

Slide 8

 
Nothing you've got every thing now you just have to do it, yeah do it that's it, o.k. turn the stove on, wait, what if there's no fire and you gas the hole family and go to jail, or maybe you might start a fire. Its almost eight, on Sunday Mom doesn't get up until after woody woodpecker and your really really hungry and besides Mom never gassed the family or started a fire, but she's big, well so are you, didn't she say that the first day she made you go to that stupid school full of those stupid nuns, she said " your a big boy now act like one" 
slide 9


FINE, O.K. turn the knob, poof fire good, now turn it down real small, now the butter, plop you dropped it on the floor, scrape it up that's right now pick the cat hairs out of it and back up on the chair and there, 
oh look its bubbling,
now the egg, 
well you can pick the shells out later.
slide 10 


Now you've seen mom flip a million things a million times, now all you have to do is flip one thing. here's the flipper,  you  start to get down, wait the fire you better turn that off, now where is the flipper, oh yeah a plate back to the dinning room, oh yeah toast, that's easy, you do that all the time, push it down,

now you sit on the chair and think about mom and this egg frying business its hard and she does more then just fry eggs, you sit there looking at the knees of your p.j.s, they're really dirty, 

This house is a real dump, i like it, but your a real little sissy neat thing you even make your bed on Saturday and now your learning to cook. 
slide 11
The toast is up, the eggs are cooked and you didn't even need to flip them and look mom and dad aren't even out of bed yet and look at Scampy with his nose sticking out the hole in the screen and ignoring you. 
All is safe on the western front, you sit down and enjoy the first breakfast that you ever cooked for yourself.
Slide12



Enjoy. but remember, if you don't hurry up and clean up and put everything away its 8:30 now woody wood pecker is over and. 
(drop pills now)
Did you hear that.

The telephone didn't just ring did it? 
                           ---------------------------------The End----------------------------------- 



The Story of a Fried Egg had a second performance at Artspace in 1993 as part of an evening of performance works by  Meita Winkler and myself. Both performances were documented on video neither is spectacular.    

THE STORY OF A FRIED EGG 
 by Joe Lewis © 1990

This is the story of a fried egg and a story about all the
independence that came to the seven year old who learned to
create such an object. Imagine, not that you have to. imagine its
Sunday morning 7:00 am, Imagine that your parents are still in
bed, asleep and that you are hungry, cereal is easy but cereal is
boring, and besides that its Sunday morning.

So, being the brave little soul that you are you look into the
cupboard under the kitchen sink and find the tiniest, teeniest
little frying pan that there is and, it weighs a ton, you pull it
out, BANG, dam oops hope mom and dad didn't hear that.

That's step one, now step two, go into the dining room and look
for an empty chair that's laundry, that's coats, that ones
Leah's, better not touch that or she'll have a fit, that one, no
not that one this one this is the chair.
Now what makes more noise pushing or pulling, both but you have
come this far your not going to let that stop you it doesn't
matter. So now the chair is in front of the stove you climb up on
it and there. OH you forgot the eggs and the frying pan, get down.
Now for the fridge, its easily open, but then what the eggs are
at the top of the door, you could just reach up there, but you
might drop them. Now consider what's worse the noise the chair
will make as you drag it over here or the mess dropping all the
eggs on the floor would make. Climb. Open the door as far as it
will go, stand on your tiptoes and oh. There's a box of eggs
on the bottom shelf well that was easier than you thought. You
smile to yourself.

Now what, you've got eggs, frying pan, the chair makes you high
enough so you can see into the frying pan when your kneeling
down, you don't want to fall of the chair. Now butter you've seen
mom do this a million times butter is easy, now what.

Nothing you've got every thing now you just have to do it, yeah
do it that's it, OK. turn the stove on, wait, what if there's no
fire and you gas the hole family and go to jail, or maybe you
might start a fire. Its almost eight, on Sunday mom doesn't get
up until after woody woodpecker and your really really hungry and
besides mom never gassed the family or started a fire, but she's
big, well so are you, didn't she say that the first day she made
you go to that stupid school full of those stupid nuns, she said
" your a big boy now act like one"

FINE, O.K. turn the knob, poof fire good, now turn it down real
small, now the butter, plop you dropped it on the floor, scrape
it up that's right now pick the cat hairs out of it and back up
on the chair and there, oh look its bubbling, now the egg, well
you can pick the shells out later.

Now you've seen mom flip a million things a million times, now
all you have to do is flip one thing. here's the flipper, you
start to get down, wait the fire you better turn that off, now
where is the flipper,oh yeah a plate back to the dinning room, oh
yeah toast, that's easy, you do that all the time, push it down,
now you sit on the chair and think about mom and this egg frying
business its hard and she does more then just fry eggs, you sit
there looking at the knees of your p.j.s, they're really dirty,
this house is a real dump, i like it, but your a real little
sissy neat thing you even make your bed on Saturday and now your
learning to cook.

The toast is up, the eggs are cooked and you didn't even need to
flip them and look mom and dad aren't even out of bed yet and
look at Scampy (the basset hound)with his nose sticking out the hole in the screen
and ignoring you. All is safe on the western front, you sit down
and enjoy the first breakfast that you ever cooked for yourself.

Enjoy. but remember, if you don't hurry up and clean up and put
everything away its 8:30 now woody wood pecker is over and.

Did you hear that.

The telephone didn't just ring did it?