Nate Lewis is a New York City and Washington, D.C. based artist originally from Beaver Falls, PA. Working with figurative and portrait styled imagery, Lewis creates sculpted paper photo works that highlight bodies and the unseen tensions of the past, present and future. These images utilize diagnostic lenses and contrast dyes in order to reveal erased and unknown histories, and toggle the lines between presence and absence, as well as distortion and illusion. He aims to challenge our lenses and the powers that hold our attention, with the intention of creating opportunities for questioning and perspective alteration during a time wherein our information feeds are severely controlled by the digital world.
Cloaked Tensions is presented in conjunction with 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, as a 1:54 Special Project. Lewis was a Pioneer Works artist-in-residence in Fall 2017.