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Dots and Jelly Belly are the latest addition to a series, See Candy, originally inspired by my emigration to the US in 1999. Having always considered myself mentally robust, not to mention something of a cosmopolitan, I was surprised shortly after my arrival to find myself experiencing culture-shock in the local supermarket! I was all at sea, drifting from one safe haven of international branding to the next, and mesmerized by all the stuff in between. Coca Cola, Kellogg's Cornflakes and Philadelphia Cream Cheese provided refuge but Tab, Apple Jacks and Cheese Whiz left me gasping for air! What exactly were these products, did I need them, and more importantly which brand could I trust? See Candy emerged as a response to this unsettling but ultimately invigorating experience. A rudimentary grasp of digital processes allowed me to expand photographs of a range of American candy wrappers into undulating fields of colour, edging alien designs into the comforting realm of abstraction. Psychologically, I think of it as an assertion of my own presence in an unfamiliar environment; culturally, as a kind of pseudo-scientific analysis of diversity; and aesthetically, as an attempt to extract sophistication from an unlikely source.
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Jonathan Lewis received a BA in the history of art from Cambridge University in 1993, and he worked in various museums and galleries until embarking upon a full-time career as an artist in 2000. Lewis' practice focuses on branding of all kinds, ranging from cigarettes and soup cans to museums and artists themselves, and attempts to marry narcissistic irreverence with a rigorous aesthetic sensibility. Pictures from his See Candy series have been exhibited at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, featured on the cover of Blind Spot magazine and collected by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY. He has also become increasingly active in the field of artists' books, and is a founding member of the ABC Artists' Books Cooperative. Two of his flip-books were included in Ed Ruscha Books & Co. at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in March 2013.
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