Evan Lewis | Chattanooga State Community College

Evan Lewis

About Artist

Eric Lewis has been producing and exhibiting his outdoor kinetic wind sculpture since 1984. In 1988 he was commissioned to make a wind/sound sculpture for Expo 88 in Australia. In 1992 Lewis designed and built a sculptural weather vane and a fountain commissioned by the Phoenix Arts Commission in Arizona. Lewis has won a number of awards including the best of show award in the Seventh Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, for his piece, Sound Asylum. Evan Lewis grew up mostly in Santa Barbara, California. He received his BFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and has been living and working in Chicago ever since.

Artist Statement

The sculptures I make are kinetic and powered by wind. Because the power source is unpredictable natural phenomenon the resulting action of the pieces is random. This is what gives these works their greatest quality: dynamic motion that changes all the time and follows no set pattern. My work as a furniture designer and builder of kinetic sculpture provides vast experience in adapting classical motifs to contemporary design and the practical knowledge of enduring exterior kinetic systems. Depending on the parameters of the site, a kinetic wind sculpture can be designed to reflect and enhance architectural motifs, historical reference and specific wind conditions. The resulting compositions are dynamic with ever changing shape, life-like with fluid and graceful motion and create a contemplative and serene experience for the viewer.