(New York, NY b. USA)
In continuing my work with black figures I sculpt in unseen tensions of the past present and future on bodies with the idea of utilizing diagnostic lenses and contrast dyes to reveal erased and unknown histories and patterns.
Through the use of presence, absence, distortion and illusion and while in a time when the digital world has severe control of our information feeds I aim to challenge our lens’, the powers that hold our attention, and create opportunities for questioning and perspective alteration.
In my time working as a critical care nurse, we would use a multitude of lenses to gain a broad understanding of what is going on with any given situation to find homeostasis. While facts and diagnostic information can inform us of any given situation, without empathy and perspective alteration, our hearts will remain unchanged. - NATE LEWIS
Nate Lewis grew up in Beaver Falls, near Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from VCU with his BSN and was a practicing critical care nurse for five years as well as professional fine artist. He has been awarded prestigious residencies at Pioneer Works and Dieu Donne in NYC, Agora Culture on Martha's Vineyard and won a number of artist fellowship grants from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. His artwork has been exhibited in "Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary" at The California African American Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Yale Center for British Art, and "Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth" on view with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services. His work is in the public collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Blanton Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Grinnell College Museum of Art and the U.S. Department of State.
He has been represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC since 2014.