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Fine Art Professor Mark Lewis to receive prestigious Canadian Arts Council award

Mark Lewis, film still ‘Escalators at Pinheiros’ 2014, 3:17 mins.
Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
15 March 2016

Mark Lewis, artist, Professor of Fine Art at CSM, and representative of Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale is to receive one of the 17th-annual Governor-General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Eight visual artists were named among the seventeen recipients this year, in an announcement from the Canadian Arts Council earlier this week.

Each of the laureates, honoured for lifetime achievement, will be recognised by Governor-General David Johnston at a ceremony on 23 March at Rideau Hall, Ottawa.

In a video made to mark the announcement, which you can watch in full above, Mark talks about the uncanniness of his work and explains his practice as “a big soup of interesting possibilities”, further explaining how he often combines single and multiple shots and how he likes to leave the sound out of his films to allow the viewer to “imagine the missing elements through the visual”.

Lewis’ work in film is exhibited internationally and included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the National Gallery of Canada. He was the first winner of Canada’s $25,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2007.

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