Stephen Lewis, November 2021

Works by Barbara Bonnano, David Fox, and Stephen Lewis, will be on exhibition at Green Kill for the month of November, 2021.

Works by Barbara Bonnano, David Fox, and Stephen Lewis, will be on exhibition at Green Kill for the month of November, 2021.

The opening party is on Saturday, November 6 , 2021, from 5 to 7 PM.  The Exhibition runs from Saturday, November 6 until Saturday, November 27th.

Exhibition hours are from 3-5:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. You may make special appointments by calling 347-689-2323.


Stephen Lewis

The art I create often involves the use of knowingly offensive stereotypical imagery; that is the intention of the work. Take, for example, the painting “Life on Mars”.  Do I believe that many of the people who run this county see poor people of color as hapless, barefoot and pregnant, secretly bilking the government and driving Cadillacs, while the same politicians are lying about wars that kills poor Americans as they launch lofty plans for space exploration, and are somehow willfully oblivious of the problems right here on earth? Yes, I do.  Jeff Bezos made that fairly clear last week. As Gil Scott Heron put it best, “A rat done bit my sister Nell. With Whitey on the moon”.

“Life on Mars” would not be representative of reality if it was not offensive. The real offense is how these things happen right under our noses every day. There is a constant movement to turn people against each other through stereotypes, to obscure the reality of what is happening (there is a long history of our ruling class turning disenfranchised people of different races against each other to consolidate and ensure its power and status quo). We are fed relentless, dishonest stories through corporate advertising and political double-speak, in manners and with language more insidious and disturbing than anything depicted on these walls. I try to use the same “language”, stereotype as tropes, to expose the reality of what is happening. You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight

This show observes two American realities: socio-political and the natural world. Both require different sets of language to translate what is being experienced into an image.    


Full Exhibition