Journey to Paradise

Glenn Lewis had started collecting a bank of topiary images and photographing suburban Vancouver gardens since 1970. This research led to a thorough investigation into the mythology of paradise as it relates to gardens which eventually led to a year-long trip, with photographer Taki Bluesinger, through Europe, Afghanistan, Iran and India. This exhibition of cibachrome photographs was part of the result of their collaboration.

Glenn Lewis is a senior Vancouver artist, administrator and teacher. Born in Chemainus, BC in 1935, Lewis attended the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art + Design) and studied ceramics under the celebrated English potter, Bernard Leach. As a founding member of the New Era Social Club, Western Front and Intermedia, Lewis was one of an internationally recognized group of artists who established social practice as an artistic medium in Vancouver. Lewis worked with peers to develop alternate channels for artistic exchange such as mailart, dance and synchronized swimming events, parades and dinner parties, and utilized video, fax and computer technology to expand this network and sphere of activity internationally. Through the course of his 50-year career, Lewis has integrated a material acuity with site-specific performance, video work and installation. In 2010, Presentation House Gallery presented Flakey: The Early Works of Glenn Lewis, and is currently producing a monograph with essays by Dieter Roelstraete and Jordan Strom. Works by Lewis are also included in Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, a major exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was touring multiple Canadian venues between 2010 and 2013.