Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by John Lewis entitled 100 Choptanks, opening on Friday March 1. This unique exhibit is the result of what began as a dog walk for newly adopted shelter dog Bo. The walks quickly turned into a mindfulness exercise, and ultimately, an art project.
“One day”, says Lewis, “I stood on the bulkhead near Long Wharf and looked out over the Choptank. It was a typical late summer sunrise, with a pastel glow in the distance, a cloudless sky above, and a slight ripple on the water’s surface. I pulled out my iPhone and snapped a photo. The composition was simple: half river and half sky, bisected by the horizon line. I was intrigued. With Bo at my side, I returned to the bulkhead and, day after day, basically took the same picture – 400 times”. Except what Lewis learned was that it was never the same, and this awareness resulted in an incredibly diverse series of photographs documenting the powerful show of nature in sky and water, divided by the horizon. The exhibit will feature several different iterations of these images from large wall hangings to posters to small framed works.
John Lewis is a Cambridge-based artist, curator, and writer. He recently organized two exhibitions at Gallery 447, Globe’s Groove and Hello, It’s Me: Damien Howard’s Mail Art, and co-curated Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food at the American Visionary Art Museum in 2017. He worked with artist/Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne on Coyne’s popular King’s Mouth installation and co-wrote a book with him about the project. Lewis contributed three essays, including a piece about Black Panther artist Emory Douglas, to the Beyond the Streets exhibition catalogue, which will be published when the New York show opens later this year. Lewis has written for many publications, including The Oxford American, Rolling Stone, and Baltimore magazine, where he was arts & culture editor for 15 years. Lewis has taught in the Curatorial Practice MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art since 2011 and is currently working on a documentary film about the history and rebirth of Globe Poster.
100 Choptanks will run through March 30, with a Second Saturday Artist’s reception on March 9, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Additional events around this exhibit include a gallery talk on March 21st at 7:00 p.m. with David Mercier, acupuncturist and author of A Beautiful Medicine. Mercier will speak about mindfulness and creativity. The program will also include an audience Q&A. There is no admission fee, but donations to benefit DCA are welcome. To wrap the exhibit, March 30th will feature Cambridge-based composer Anne Watts performing original music inspired by the 100 Choptanks photographs. Watch for details!
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