Projections Series - Mark Lewis - At the Musée d'art contemporain - December 11, 2007 to January 31, 2008



    MONTREAL, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its Projections Series, the
Musée d'art contemporain presents the film work Rush Hour, Morning and
Evening, Cheapside, by Canadian artist Mark Lewis, from December 11, 2007 to
January 31, 2008.
    Since the mid-1990s, Lewis has made film his preferred material, adopting
cinema's techniques but not its length (his films run no longer than
10 minutes), and dispensing with both narration as such and sound track (his
films are generally silent). Lewis says he makes a "cinema in parts,"
dissecting the grammar of film.

    Rush Hour

    The artist's work in recent years has revealed a connection with the
pictorial tradition of experiencing and representing time. In Rush Hour,
Morning and Evening, Cheapside, 2005, which was recently acquired by the
Musée, Lewis captures the sun at certain times of day-in early morning and
late afternoon-when its low light stretches out shadows on the ground. These
shadows of passers-by moving along a sidewalk form a steady stream marching
across the screen. The 35-mm film transferred to DVD has a running time of
4 min 12 sec. According to Louise Simard, who is in charge of the Projections
Series, "this slice of everyday life presented in an endless loop illustrates
a recurring theme in Lewis's work: tranquillity and motion."

    Mark Lewis

    A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Mark Lewis is now based in London. His
work has been shown widely around the world to enthusiastic notices,
particularly for his contribution to the 2003 exhibition The American Effect
at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In 1995, the Musée
presented his famous Two Impossible Films in the exhibition L'Effet cinéma.

    The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is located at 185
Sainte-Catherine Street West, Place-des-Arts metro. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday,
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays till 9 p.m., and the first Friday of every
month for the Musée Nocturnes, also till 9 p.m. Information: (514) 847-6226
and www.macm.org.

    The Musée d'art contemporain is a provincially owned corporation funded
by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian
Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as from Lichen
Communications.
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org


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