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Jason Clay Lewis, Devour

31 Grand
143 Ludlow Street, between Rivington and Stanton, 212-228-0901
East Village / Lower East Side
October 14 - November 13, 2005
Reception: Friday, October 14, 7 - 10 PM
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New works by Jason Clay Lewis. Devour is the third installment in the artist’s four part Renewal Series, inspired by the allegorical struggles inflicted on humanity by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Incorporating history, myth, and his own personal iconography, Jason’s multimedia installations are always obsessive, detailed, and highly rendered. His imagination and skill vividly illustrate each chapter of his tale through paintings, sculpture, video, drawings, and any other means necessary to convey his world.

The first chapter, The Black Death, shown at 31 Grand in 2003, imagined a modern apocalyptic society confronted with a plague-like disease – peopled with skeletal soldiers battling truth seekers searching for a cure.

Shown last summer at Futura in Prague, the second chapter, God of War, depicted a stark barbed wire landscape and skeletons in SS uniforms, referencing the concentration camps and atrocities of the holocaust.

Devour continues the series, this time drawing from the imagery and history of late-Heian period Japan. Works in the show include: Famine Fields, a monumental gold leaf panel piece depicting an intricately rendered field of skulls engulfed in flames; Bonsai with Skull, an iconic pairing of mortality and nature fashioned of clay, super sculpey, lichen, dirt, plaster, and aluminum; and Fur Dragon a 25-foot long red dragon made of rabbit fur, twine, canvas, wood, and foam, which hovers above the installation.
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