The Salem Art Gallery Presents: Nathan Lewis, Deaths Reflection

The Salem Art Gallery Presents: Nathan Lewis, Deaths Reflection

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Join artist and educator Nathan Lewis for an exploration into the facts and fiction surrounding Spirit Photography. Whether a novelty or earnest peek beyond the veil, this unique facet of photographic history reflects the intersection of conflict, technology, and belief.

Historians, curators, and artists have realized that although “fakes” on one level, they nonetheless remain powerful photographic evidence on another level…they now speak to us more strongly of faith, desire, loss, and love, than gullibility…Looking at the portraits now, their fakery seems crude and self-evident, but, if we keep on looking, another very real quality emerges from the faces of the people who were photographed – their ardent desire to see and touch a lost loved-one once more.

– Martin Jolly, Faces of the Living Dead

Nathan Lewis is a nationally exhibiting artist, curator, and educator. He has a fascination with the intersection of technology and faith and was a recipient of both a Jerome Foundation grant and MCAD grant to research facets of the subject. He is a frequent lecturer on all things related to Victorian Spiritualism and was a keynote speaker at the University of Minnesota’s “Anthropology of the Supernatural” conference.

He has been been involved in events at the Walker Art Center, Montserrat College of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Northern Spark, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio Art, MFA in Visual Studies, and MPS in User Experience Design. His personal work deals with the paranormal and uses the uniqueness of photographic processes to allude to the otherworldly.

Participants: Nathan Lewis
 
 

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