Oct 27 - Dec 4, 2021

60 Lispenard Street

P: 212 925 4631

New York, NY

Spencer Lewis: On Valentines

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Detail of Spencer Lewis Untitled, 2021

Known for his abstract painting, Spencer Lewis will debut large scale sculpture in Canada’s project space. Cast in bronze, the sculptures offer a wide variety of surfaces and materials.  Some parts are painted while others are polished to high shine. He adds post-it notes, furniture, ceramics and constructed bits that are tacked onto and fall off of these massive orchestrations. The largest of these works is taller than a man and heavier than a refrigerator with a busted up desk inserted into it. While unwieldy in mass, the happenstance freefall composition delivers them towards intimacy. Like his paintings, the sculptures are a kind of homespun rhapsody. They seem to emanate from below, burst up through the mantle like an overflowing storage locker. They are vulcanized. In this show the sculpture paired with the paintings shows a more complete rendering of this artist's complicated and very personal vision. 

Spencer Lewis (b. 1979, Los Angeles, CA) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. Lewis’s work has been the subject of numerous solo presentations including Harper’s, New York and East Hampton, NY (2021, 2020, 2019, and 2017); Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, BE (forthcoming); Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York, NY and St. Moritz, CH (2021); and Nino Mier, Los Angeles, CA (2016). Most recently, he has participated in group exhibitions at The Mass, Tokyo, JP (2021); Harper’s, East Hampton, NY (2020 and 2018); Kathryn Brennan, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, BE (2019); No Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2019); and Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2019). His work has appeared in numerous publications including ARTnews, Juxtapoz, and Two Coats of Paint. Lewis lives and works in Los Angeles.

Installation views of Spencer Lewis On Valentines, Canada, New York, 2021

Untitled, 2021
Mixed media on bronze
54 ½ × 26 × 12 in

Untitled, 2021
Oil, acrylic, enamel, and ink on jute
96 × 68 × 1 ¾ in.

Untitled, 2019 - 2021
Oil, acrylic, enamel, and ink on jute; Earthenware and mixed media, plywood
Overall: 105 × 68 × 20 in

Untitled, 2021
Plywood, aluminum, ceramic, mixed media
59 ¼ × 37 × 44 in

Study for red cage painting with tennis racket, 2021
Oil, acrylic on canvas
49 ½ × 26 × 1 ¾ in

Desk, 2021
Bronze, steel, wood, earthenware, mixed media
96 × 48 × 40 in

Untitled, 2021
Oil, acrylic, enamel, and ink on jute; Greenware, polyethylene bucket, wood desk, mixed media
Overall: 107 × 68 × 21 ½ in

Selected Works

Gold GoldRJ Messineo

On ValentinesSpencer Lewis

Who is afraid of Natasha?Joanna Malinowska & CT Jasper

USMichael Mahalchick

TRANSFIGURATIONAurora Pellizzi

The Thick StreamGroup Exhibition

5 SeasonsJason Fox

Mother PaintingsKatherine Bradford

Ceramics and PrintsElisabeth Kley

Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm curated by Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle

#VayaConDiosKatherine Bernhardt

DrawingsJason Fox

Heart, HeartAnke Weyer

Tracing MemoryRachel Eulena Williams

Rayos De SombraRobert Janitz

GorpTyson Reeder

EREHWONSadie Laska