Here We Are, 2017
Here We Are
curated by Catherine Allen
Georgia College & State University
February 21 - March 17, 2017
all images courtesy of Leland Gallery, GCSU
Here We Are showcases the art of Claire Lewis Evans. While she uses a variety of materials in the studio, this show focuses on her works in bamboo, reed, and paper. She manipulates these materials into abstract, colorful, organic forms that reference the natural world. The suspended sculptures encourage physical interaction with the view as they gently rotate in the gallery. Her artwork is informed by her interest and study of Eastern philosophies, meditation, and environmentalism, and explores how individuals related to their environment. These works remind us to experience the world through firsthand encounters rather than rely in the exaggerated virtual realities of digital technology.
Lewis Evans' art is an ode to Mother Universe, and she reinforces that idea with her use of bamboo and reed. Although it has tropical origins, the bamboo Lewis Evans uses was grown and harvested in Alabama, hinting that all parts of nature are fundamentally connected. Capitalizing on its varied characteristics and properties, she manipulates paper to form complex planar surfaces elevating the material above its traditional supporting role.
The suspended sculptures Flare and Spoonful create a dance between audience and art, sparking a sense of spatial awareness in the viewer. One arching line of bamboo may protrude forward to claim aerial territory. Lewis Evans carefully positions each piece in the gallery, so the vacant space has as much visual impact as the material forms. Physical relationship with the art stimulates the viewer's awareness of their body in relation to the work.
Each creation acts as a visual mantra — a phrase spoken during Buddhist meditation, fostering a sense of serenity and place.
— Catherine Allen, 2017