Jason Clay Lewis: Causa Mortis
April 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014
Solo(s) Project House will present an exhibition of work by artist, Jason Clay Lewis. The exhibition “Causa Mortis” will be on view from Friday, April 25th – Friday, June 27. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6-9pm.
Causa Mortis, Latin for “in anticipation of approaching death” is a juxtaposition of extremes. Good/bad, positive/negative, empathy/apathy, desire/revulsion, life/death, religion/blasphemy – distilled into binaries where are the boundaries between them? As is often the case, the greater the extreme the more powerful the metaphor. Like a gift causa mortis, we are seductively beckoned with one hand while being tempted with poison in the other. Will this gift truly solve all of our problems or is it merely another snake oil elixir that promises false hope – only to leave us devastated? What we are really being asked to contemplate is our own mortality. Among the works in the exhibition are a series of sculptures covered in d-CON rat poison packaging. By using the metaphor of poison – the artist provokes the idea of what can be considered an object of pleasure or disgust.
Jason Clay Lewis came to New York in 1991 on a scholarship and internship at Universal Limited Art Editions. From 1992 – 1994 he worked with Jasper Johns as his personal studio assistant. Continuing his education, he graduated from The Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997. Jason has been actively showing for the last several years both nationally and internationally. His work has appeared and reviewed in publications including Art In America, World of Art, Art On Paper and ZINK Magazine. He currently lives and Works in Brooklyn, New York.
Jason Clay Lewis is the first exhibition of the 2014 – 5 SPH juried roster. For more about the jury and roster, click HERE.