Distant Electric Vision: A Solo Exhibition by Jon Lewis at the Vessel Gallery
Jon Lewis has had an expansive and intriguing creative career. With an unwavering curiosity to investigate and challenge the capabilities of his glass, a constant throughout is his distinctive vision. With works created from recycled television glass to iridescent light-emitting sculptures, this solo show is filled with the unexpected.
Distant Electric Vision engages with themes of recycling, the creative synthesis of glass with metal, and the transformation of outmoded consumer products into art.
Lewis’ Apertura series are sculptures made from obsolescent Bang & Olufsen television screens. These screens, made of optical glass with a high lead content, are melted down, infused with different colours, and blown into elongated forms. The artist then showers them with sparks of ore ejected from scrap iron at high temperature and speed by an angle grinder. The iron sparks fuse with the surface of the glass upon impact, creating an outer layer of metal. Lewis’ name for this unique process is ‘spark impregnation’.
The exhibition also includes pieces from the artist’s Meteorites and Moon-rocks series. These tactile rock-like pieces incorporate dichroic filters which reflect light of a chosen frequency, while absorbing the rest – a technique invented by the artist. When they are placed between two layers of glass, the resulting object is a shimmering glow that changes colour depending on the angle of the light. The surface of the sculptures is then either polished to a mirror-like smoothness or textured to suggest erosion. According to Lewis, ‘they look like they’ve fallen out of the sky’.