Artist Statement

Joe Lewis is a non-media specific artist, and his work is usually project based. Typically, when he starts a project, he explores the subject territory as thoroughly as possible. Sometimes images come to him in waves, often pushing through the news of the day as the Bulls in Pamplona run through life’s textures. People, places, and things circumscribe his marks, objects, and sounds occasionally allowing him to see around corners. He believes, “looking into the future is not difficult. The problem is acceptance; accepting that lives can change due to actions done in the here and now. At times it’s just an errant word or aroma that lifts the curtain, because the present, as our future, is nothing more than multiple images; not just any images but the ordered relocation of our past.” And for him, peeking under that curtain reveals the base upon which rests our unconscious desires, whose ultimate goal is self-actualization.


I have collaborated with many wonderful artists, designers, and craft people over the years:

Francis Spitta, Graphic Designer, Los Angeles, CA
John Chiodini, musician, Los Angelas, CA
Ivan Dalla Tana, Photographer, Milan, Italy
Elizabeth Cote, glass artist, Brooklyn, NY
Mark Durham, artist, Los Angeles, CA
Maggie Reilly, Ram Studio, New York
Javier Valdivieso, ADM Works, Santa Ana, CA
Karen Atkinson, Los Angeles, CA
Richard Singer, E.T.I., Orange, NJ
Nathaniel Freeman, Neon, Minneapolis, MN
Lisa Kahane, Photographer, Bronx, NY
Jules Allen, Photographer, Hoboken, NJ
Jim Van Kirk, Dallas, TX
Joe Lewis Sr., Vocalist, New York, NY
Julius Eastman, Vocalist, New York, NY
Charlie Ahearn, Filmmaker, New York, NY
Jane Dickson, Painter, New York, NY
Takashi Kamiya, Architect, New York, NY
Ed Carl Tackett, and Ben Dolan, Rapid-Tech Labs, University of California, Irvine, CA
Michael Kirchoff, Photographer, Los Angeles, CA
Joy Powell, Artist, Ypsilanti, MI
Devin Henry, Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Bob Durham, Audio, Los Angeles, CA