Wednesday, November 29, 2006

fibre collage (coming soon)

Quilts [coming soon)

The Male Gaze

Dangerous Curves

9” X 12” felt appliqué ,2002


OR, Guild Hall Whitehorse YT Canada, 2002


20" X 19", 2000, blue felt, red velvet, and embroidery floss

Exhibition Historty
Yukon Sketches OR Guild Hall, Whitehorse, YT Canada,


20" X 19", 2000, Blue and Pink felt, Red Velvet. And embroidery floss


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

Red Too Belt,

2003 jacquard tapestry weaving,
cotton warp, cotton and metallic weft, 27” X 40”

sign Language ( reading the road signs of life)

In the spring of 2002 I had an exhibition in the Yukon in Whitehorse, at the Guild Hall. A converted Quonset Hut left over from the Second World War construction of the Alaska Highway . It is now a multi use performance, exhibition and meeting space, home of the Guild Theatre a semi-professional theater company. "Sign Language" was the name of a collection of 25 small felt appliqué hung in a grid or pairings suggesting a narrative left to the imagination of the individual viewer.

WILD FLOWER 7 X 8 approx. 2001/02, felt appliqué

NOH, 7" X 8" felt appliqué 2001

Go Left, 7” X 8”, 2001/02, felt appliqué

POWER, 7 X 8 approx. 2001/02, felt appliqué

In the beginning: a painter’s life

joelewis: Curriculum Vitae

Education: Self taught

Solo Exhibitions

 Not Born in a Trunk,  
 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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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.
The Barbie Show, part one, Metropol Espresso Bar, Calgary, AB.

Selected Group Shows



Stocking Stuffers, Pentimento Fine Arta Gallery, Toronto

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

Foundations' Peterborough Arts Unbrella, 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.

The Exchange Show, part three, Artspace, Peterborough, On.

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

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.


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, novell
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