James Lewis bei Futur2, Wien

James Lewis, Sagas, 2019, Ausstellungsansicht, Futur2, Wien


Haberlgasse 42 (Hofhaus), 1160 Wien

KünstlerIn: James Lewis

Titel: Sagas

Datum: 18. Mai 2019 – 6. Juni 2019

Fotografie: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Futur2, Vienna | Foto: Simon Veres

Notiz: Link to Sagas (extract) 2019, HD Video, 38’41”


Futur2 is pleased to present sagas, an exhibition of new works by James Lewis. Lewis’ practice is interested how entropy and chaos structure the world we inhabit, how tiny interrelated events create reoccurring patterns that then are distilled into notions of time, space or history.



Failed constructions that were designed to keep in the heat and designate private and intimate space.

This strong dollar reinforced a divided society and bad decisions.

In this windswept landscape, entropy transformed one thing into another according to necessity, but time rendered justice to one another.



Forces of unity used to wait for nothing and move for no one.

Split into fractions and held together by shit stained fingers, the characteristic features of this place are determined by perspective.

A limp grip on the feverish lie that time binds us.

This windswept landscape is devoid of temporality.



Perhaps this is the state of insomnia?

A melancholic state that plagues the psyche of someone who cannot mourn.

If someone fell, they became absorbed by the codes of sagas.

These laws were once pioneering but have long since been discarded and the fallen bodies have been left to rot.



This line designates a state of mind.

It is simultaneously; a thought and the barren non-place between two logics.

A simple and inaccurate definition of negation.

A line that marks the end of an era.

The dividing line between night and day.

This line evokes sharing and a separation, crisis and forgetting, past and regeneration.

A strange alien world indulged in habits and bound to decline.



Something bad will happen.

A transient space, a fossilised skeleton.

Eventually, every knowledge meets prejudice.

Times are legion: a different one for every point in space.

A blurry and indefinite perspective with thickened organs, swollen by dehydration and delirium.


James Lewis b.1986, London; lives and works in Vienna. jameslewisjameslewis.com

Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include; Mouse cleaning, Futura: Karlin Studios, Prague (2016). Before the hyle, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2016). The problem I can no longer read, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2016). Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include; non-binary, KS Room, Feldbach (forthcoming). Schmalz, Guimarães, Vienna (2019). SM, A collaborative exhibition organised by Margaux Barthélemy and Sans titre (2016), Marseille (2018). Carved and Shaped by Proximity, Pina, Vienna (2018).