The upcoming Art Basel 2022, the world’s leading modern and contemporary art fair, will take place from 1-3 December in the Collectors Lounge of Art Basel Miami Beach.
At this year’s fair, Sanlorenzo will be presenting “Deep Sky Dark Bright Black &” by American artist Tony Lewis, curated by Flash Art, in collaboration with MASSIMODECARLO gallery, in a lounge designed by Piero Lissoni.
“Deep Sky Dark Bright Black &” represents Lewis’ investigation of drawing as a means of communication. Using graphite pencils and paper as his chosen mediums, Lewis’s masterpieces generate linguistic narratives that reflect on gestural expressions. Lewis rubs, wrinkles, and disperses the graphite on the surfaces, allowing the powder to accumulate into an array of textures and patterns. He uses a dynamic shorthand gesture to mix chosen text fragments and words into a drawing, impressing mysterious codes and textured maps on the paper. These drawings are a journey through the roots of drawing involving shape, line, colour, and language. The gestural lines appear as abstract marks, while each word delineates a statement about race, power, and communication, often referencing historical facts or situations.
Lewis creates a narrative that shifts constantly between historical and autobiographical. In fact, he often starts from popular cultural texts from which he extracts fragments and recontextualises them, allowing new meanings to emerge. In dismantling language and undermining its authority, Lewis exposes the inequities and inadequacy of existing linguistic and power structures.
The artist has conceived three new works at the intersection between semiotics, abstraction, and drawing for Sanlorenzo.
Sanlorenzo‘s continuous quest, in which the sophisticated synthesis of design, technology and engineering is intertwined with art and contemporaneity, has led the shipyard to progressively approach new creative languages, culminating in the creation of a true platform of artistic projects.
Sanlorenzo Arts consolidates itself more and more as a stable instrument of investigation able to offer new perspectives on the most important issues of today addressing them through the eyes, poetry and wonder of the arts by engaging in a long conversation with artists, designers and thinkers.
Discover the creative works by Tony Lewis for Sanlorenzo and request your AB Miami lounge tour if you are attending the event by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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