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Rae Lewis and Steve Thomsen, Latitude of the Observer at Art Works Gallery

Nov. 22 – Dec. 18
Cedar City


Art Works Gallery
16 N 100 W, Cedar City, UT 84720

Opening reception, Friday, November 22, 2019, 5-8pm


The opening reception for artist, Rae Lewis and Steve Thomsen, will take place at Art Works Gallery on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 5-8pm, in Cedar City, Utah. The show, entitled “Latitude of the Observer” will feature a selection of paintings by Rae Lewis and paper collage by Steve Thomsen. The exhibit will be on view until December 18, 2019.


About Rae Lewis

“Most of my adult life I have lived in cities, but I grew up in a sparsely-populated region of southern Utah. My father was a sheep rancher and we led the traditional, nomadic life of herdsman. Our summer range, at an elevation of 9,000 feet, overlooked the dramatic vividly-colored, canyons of what is now Zion National Park. From the time I was a small child until I left the area in 1965, I explored the region on foot and on horseback. By the time I became an adult, the drama, beauty and colossal scale of the terrain were deeply embedded in my consciousness. The geology and geography of my childhood home define my visual awareness and they are at the center of my impulses as a painter.

In 1972 I went to work at Rolling Stone Magazine, which was then being published in San Francisco. While there, I met such cultural icons as Annie Leibovitz, Hunter Thompson, and the late Grover Lewis. Grover and I were married in 1973 and remained so until his death in 1995.


In 1982 I became a Studio Manager for the Santa Monica artist and collector, Tony Berlant, where I was exposed, for the first time, to the companionship of artists and world of fine art. There, in addition to seeing museum-quality objects and works of art on a daily basis, I encountered the possibilities of self-expression through the visual arts. I painted my first ceramic plate there in 1991. Since that time my artistic vision has evolved from that of a visionary, self-taught painter, to the much more complex and fascinating world of abstraction, working primarily with acrylic paints and inks on wood and canvas surfaces.”


Lewis’ work has been exhibited in several notable group shows throughout the west. Her paintings are in the collections of many Los Angeles artists and writers.


About Steve Thomsen

Steve Thomsen is a co-founder of World Imitation, later World Imitation Productions, a Los Angeles interdisciplinary art and music collective active during 1977 and 1982. World Imitation was known for the publication of xeroxed zines and chapbooks, a series of collage-based booklets focusing on art exhibitions, happenings and events of the times, and mail art exchanged with other contemporary artists. These publications were sold at punk venues and record shops and were circulated locally and internationally. World Imitation eventually became a production company, forming the art band, Monitor, and released a number of records under the Monitor name, and later The Tikis. As a member of Monitor, Thomsen played synthesizer and keyboards. He was also a member of the group, Solid Eye which was formed in 1992. He currently resides in Arizona.


“In 1977 I pasted together my first free-associative paper collages from images and words found in old magazines and antiquated textbooks. The collages were published in limited edition chapbooks, produced and sold by a southern California based artist collective called World Imitation Productions (WImP), of which I was a founding member.  WImP’s publishing activities soon expanded to include art exhibitions, installations and performances. In subsequent years my sculptures, snow dome dioramas and graphics were shown invarious art galleries around the country. I continued to produce collage based chapbooks as well.


During this time a friend introduced me to the desert landscape of the American southwest where I discovered a hiker’s paradise of surreal erosional landforms: monumental towers and mesas, soaring arches, simulacred hoodoos, labyrinthic canyons and multi-hued sandstone escarpments everywhere up thrust at carnival funhouse angles. I was captivated, and began to travel regularly to this region. The beauty and mystery of the geologic and atmospheric phenomena I encountered was inspiring, and in the 1990s I moved to southern Utah to be near this compelling landscape. In consequence, my suburban-surrealist advertising art aesthetic evolved in conception and execution.


My recent photocopy collages superimpose simple geometric shapes, diagrammatic lines, variegated textures and saturated colors to portray, in abstraction, space, time and the transformative benevolence of nature.”


About Art Works Gallery

Art Works Gallery is a fine art and fine craft gallery located in Cedar City, Utah. The gallery represents local, regional and national artists, who create in a wide variety of mediums and styles. The gallery mission is to facilitate a culture that validates artists at all professional levels, and cultivates the idea that “good” art is defined not always by formula, but by the viewer’s emotional response.

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