Emergence, L'Ormarins Wine Estate, Franschhoek
With Emergence, an exhibition at the Franschhoek Motor Museum at historic L'Ormarins wine estate, Lewis first unveiled his new figure work in association with The Everard Read Gallery. The estate belongs to the Rupert family, prominent supporters of the arts and collectors of Lewis's work. This was also the first time that Lewis explored multimedia, and the first time that he collaborated with an artist of a different discipline to expand on some of the ideas embedded in his work. (In this instance, he collaborated with Don Maxwell Searll, an internationally acclaimed producer and director.) The exhibition drew visitors into an intriguing journey, moving between sculptures and film installations in which the figures appeared as cinematic images that explored some of the ideas that influenced their making.