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Lewis Folden

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20150619204836-cleft_time
Cleft by Time, 07.2012 Acrylics 24 X 30 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20150619200848-fragmented_wall
Fragmented Wall, 11.2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 18 X 36 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223155822-folden_geometric_concordance_01
Geometric Concordance (1), 06.2012 Acrylic on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223160258-folden_geometric_concordance_02
Geometric Concordance (2), 06.2012 Acrylic on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121224005740-folden_schism
Schism, 06.2009 Mixed Media 20 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223160733-folden_antiquities03
Antiquities (3), 2008 Acrylic on Canvas 20 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223153242-folden_acrylic_pages01
Acrylic Pages, 2008 Mixed Media, Found-objects 20 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223154021-folden_four_squares_three
Four Squares. Three, 2008 Mixed-media, Found-objects 20 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120827153606-folden_kuba_deux
Kuba - Deux, 05.2009 Acrylics 28 X 22 X 0.75 Inches © 2009
20121224004356-folden_personal_space
Personal Space, 04.2008 Acrylics on Canvas 20 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121224012413-folden_sandpile_03
Sandpile, 05.2008 Acrylics on Canvas 18 X 27 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121224010648-folden_onceupon_white03
Once Upon (white) 3, 09.2008 Acrylics on Canvas 18 X 27 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121224011453-folden_porte_de_grange_1
Porte de Grange, 03.2009 Acrylics on Canvas 28 X 22 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225181521-folden_splinters
Splinters, 06.2008 Acrylics on Canvas 27 X 18 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225174040-folden_windowframe_white
Window Frame (white), 04.2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 36 X 24 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225174745-folden_windowframe_sepia
Window Frame (sepia), 05.2012 Acrylics on Canvas 36 X 24 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223174953-folden_cyc_bgngs
Cyclical Beginnings, 22" x 19" Found-object Assemblage 19 X 22 X 2 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120614165938-folden_flotsam_sextet
Flotsam Sextet, 2012 Mixed & Found 6 X 6 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20120614165242-folden_circular_musings
Circular Musings, 2012 Mixed-media 20 X 24 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20121223175705-folden_inthe70s
In the 70's, 02.09 Found-object Assemblage 21 X 17 X 1.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223162438-folden_barricade
Barricade, 06.2008 Found-objects, Mixed-media 20 X 16 X 1 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121223163429-folden_oeuvre_frmd
Oeuvre, 02.2008 Found-objects 16 X 20 X 1 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120614170723-folden_marginal_periphery
Marginal Periphery, 2012 Acrylics, Mixed 24 X 20 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20120614170417-folden_stirring_revelations
Stirring Revelations, 2012 Found Objects 14 X 9 X 1 Inches © 2012
20120614171007-folden_stick_colors_04
Stick Colors (4), 2012 Acrylic, Mixed 24 X 18 X 1 Inches © 2012
20120614171225-folden_wisdom_sands
Wisdom of the Sands, 2012 Acrylic, Mixed 27 X 18 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20120614171509-folden_tatterdamalion
Tatterdamalion, 2012 Acrylic, Mixed 24 X 12 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20121223152304-folden_abstract_gdns_07
Abstract Garden (7), 2009 Acrylics on Canvas 27 X 18 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120609205204-folden_defiance_of_gravity
Defiance of Gravity, March 2012 Acrylics 27 X 18 X .75 Inches © 2012
20130129150206-essaytexture07
Essay in Texture (7), 2007 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 27 X 18 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120614174602-folden_far_beyond
Far Beyond, Feb 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 30 X 1.5 Inches © Feb 2012
20120705202151-folden_long_past
Long Past, 06.2012 Acrylics 30 X 30 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20120705204035-folden_horizontal07
Horizontal (7), 06.2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 30 X 30 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20120705202733-folden_insinuate
Insinuate, 06.2012 Acrylics 30 X 30 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
20121225183616-folden_surface_stucco_red
Surface. stucco. red, 07.2012 Acrylics on Canvas 24 X 36 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225183036-surface_shingles
Surface. shingles, 07.2012 Acrylics on Canvas 24 X 36 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225182252-surface_cobblestones
Surface. cobblestones, 07.2012 Acrylics on Canvas 24 X 36 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225184056-folden_number22
Number Twenty-Two, 08.2007 Acrylics on Canvas 18 X 27 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121225185657-folden_surface_red_ivy
Surface. red. ivy, 07.2012 Acrylics on Canvas 20 X 28 X 0.75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20121230154100-folden_front_street_110912_01
Shade & Surface, Nov/Dec 2013
20121230154148-folden_front_street_110912_04
Shade & Surface, Nov/Dec 2012
20121230162416-_c_b_070909_05
Covington & Burling, Jul - Dec 2009
20121230162529-_c_b_070909_06
Covington & Burling, Jul - Dec 2009
20121230162621-_c_b_070909_18
Covington & Burling, Jul - Dec 2009
20121230162646-_c_b_070909_21
Covington & Burling, Jul - Dec 2009
20150620173416-escapade01
Escapade (1), 2011 Acrylics on Canvas 28 X 22 X .75 Inches © Lewis Folden
20150620173428-escapade02
Escapade (2), 2011 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 28 X 22 X 3/4 Inches © Lewis Folden
20150620173441-fissure_brick_01
Fissure. brick (1), 2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 18 X 24 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20150620173535-fissure_brick_02
Fissure. brick (2), 2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 24 X 18 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
20150620173553-fissure_brick_03
Fissure. brick (3), 2012 Acrylics on Stretched Canvas 24 X 18 X 1.5 Inches © Lewis Folden
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tacoma WA
Lives in
Manhattan
Works in
Gowanus Brooklyn
Schools
University of California at Davis, 1972, AB
Yale University, 1977, MFA
Representing galleries
Tags
collage, found-object abstract, assemblage mixed-media, mixed-media, modern, abstract, conceptual
About Lewis

 About My Work

I think of my artwork not just as a means of personal expression, but as a way to share with others, my delight and excitement in the things I find around me - in particular their spiritual nature. I revel in the discovery of apparently insignificant items, textures, colors, shapes, etc. and collect them constantly. Frequently I do not know exactly what inspires me about something and it can be quite elusive to define - an idea, a function, an association, a color, a resonance - and it can be about contrasts or conjunctions. Lately, for example, I've been celebrating my love of New York City's gorgeously colored, vintage subway tiles in a series of textured paintings that I refer to as my "subway series". It's a simple expression based on a frequently overlooked specific item, but simplicity is a keynote for me.

My assemblages explore those tiny and subtle qualities of each item compared or contrasted to those of another in the work. Each then relates in some small way to yet another which may relate to yet another in still a different manner. The resonances might be clear and loud, or they may be apparent only to me, the artist. These qualities can include purpose, function, spiritual nature, or other more esoteric attributes, while aesthetically technical relationships to one another within the grouping are also an ingredient -- colors connect, positions relate to each other, and materials have quixotic juxtapositions in both the physical and metaphysical realms.

Through simplicity and triviality, eventually can come sophisticated complexities rising to cosmic importance. In my work I most love to memorialize the ephemeral, celebrate the beauty of insignificance, recognize the tiny interconnected resonances between objects and ideas, and use as much of a sense of space, volume, surface and texture as I possibly can.


Bio/Resume Lewis Folden

          born:   Tacoma, WA
    grew up:    Santa Rosa, CA
     lives in:    Manhattan

 degrees:
            Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis - 1972
            Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University - 1977

 teaching experience:

            assistant professor:
                        Dept. of Theatre, SUNY Buffalo from 1978 - 1980

            visiting assistant professor:

                        George Mason University - multiple times
                        Towson State College, MD - multiple times
                        Georgetown University - multiple times

            guest artist:
                        Catholic University of America, Wash. DC - consistently over the past 15 years
 

professional credits:

I have always worked as an artist, but it is only in the past decade that I have started to focus on the fine arts. My recent accomplishments in that area are listed below. Not shown are a substantial number of works sold to individuals and collectors throughout the country from Florida to Alaska and from Maine to Texas.

In a 30+ year career as an award-winning scenic designer, my scenery has appeared in many theatres -- Washington DC's Kennedy Center, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., and Theatre J; Philadelphia's Peoples' Light & Theatre Co., Freedom Theatre and The Arden Theatre; Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Co.; Buffalo's Studio Arena; Norfolk's Virginia Stage Co.; and others. I have extensive dance experience including The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet.

My scenic designs have appeared on both coasts and have traveled as far afield as London, Prague and Italy. Over time,  I have designed world premieres by world-renowned playwrights John Guare, Ariel Dorfman, Eric Bentley, Jules Feiffer, and Robert Brustein.

 solo exhibitions:

            Front Street Gallery, Patterson, NY - Nov/Dec 2012
            Midoma Gallery - Manhattan - Apr-May 2012
            Covington & Burling - Wash., DC - Jul-Oct 2009
            Cosi - 13th & Broadway - New York - Feb 2010
            Cosi - Park & 31st - New York - Feb 2009
            Tavern on Jane - New York - Sep 2008
            Cosi - Park & 21st - New York - Jun 2008
            Midoma Gallery - New York - Jun 17 - Jul 19, 2008
            Cosi - Park & 21st - New York - Apr/May 2008

 group exhibitions:

       **   Empty Wall Itinerant Art Initiative - Itkowitz & Harwood - New York - Nov 2012
            Gowanus Open Studios - Brooklyn - Oct 2012
            Expressions on the Wall - NYC - Jul 2012
            Brooklyn Artists Gym - Summer Salon - Jul 2012
            Front Street Gallery, Patterson, NY - Home - May/Jun 2012
            Brooklyn Artists Gym Spring Salon - Apr 2012
            Gallery Bar - Manhattan - Feb 2012
            Itkowitz & Harwood - New York - Oct/Dec 2011 - Empty Wall Itinerant Art Initiative
       **  Cliff Young, Ltd. - New York - May 2010
            Midoma Gallery - New York - Jan 2010
            CCCP Gallery - Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Apr 2009
            BeijaFlor Gallery - Wimberley TX - Mar 2009
            The Canvas Project: ArtHouse Coop - Atlanta GA - Dec 2008
            Output at reBar - Brooklyn - Aug. 2008
            nAscent Art NY - Chelsea Market - Aug/Sep 2008
            ArtGotham - Square Foot Show - Jun 2008
            Reflect-arts - Small Works - Jun 2008
            Arlington Public Library - Social Politics - juried - Jun 2008
            On the Bright Side Art Gallery - Jersey City - Apr 2008
            Arlington Public Library - Recycled Art - juried - Apr 2008
            nAscent Art NY - Art on the Block - juried - Mar 2008
            nAscent Art NY - New York - Mar. 2008
            Output at reBar - Brooklyn - Mar. 2008
            nAscent Art NY - Philadelphia - Jan. 2008

        **  currently open