Sunday Art Fair
The work is abstract in the sense that it does not reproduce the world as seen. Rather, these abstractions bring the world before vision, evaluating how materials have come to be where and what they are. Gesture inevitably imbues meaning on a substrate, but the substrate had meaning in the first place. The surface is no empty vessel; the white plaster is full before the shapes have found their home. Hannah Lees investigates cycles, constancy, and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings. Constancy, be it in religion, science, history, or in organic matter, is made visible in her practice through attempts to both recognize and make sense of traces of life. Traditional processes, materials, and rituals are reworked to explore how ideas can live, die, and be reborn across time and culture. Her work alternates between exploring circularity and linearity - how civilizations form and end around an ever-changing relationship between what is valued and what is discarded. With his paintings, Spencer Lewis makes a space that allows for the reality of materials and the otherness of objects to push explicitly into the world. “Approaching meaning” is an accurate description for the movement. Material meaning comes before all else, meaning which cannot be isolated from time. The sense of a thing is slippery – canvas is not neutral, paint does not wait idly. Meaning emerges in the mind, a mind thrown into the world, shaped. Function flows upward, evolution pushes toward thingness.