Auden, Faulkner & Stanley Lewis

Stanley Lewis, Winslow Park, Westport, 2010-2014, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 35 1/4
Stanley Lewis, Winslow Park, Westport, 2010-2014, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches (courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Thaddeus Radell reviews an exhibition of works by Stanley Lewis at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, on view through October 25, 2014.

Radell writes: "Of more interest ... than Lewis’ prowess in amassing ... seething layers of details is the dynamics that he employs to exceed both the details and the marks themselves. In this respect, a parallel drawn to Faulkner might be ventured. Faulkner wraps the broader scope of his narrative into a labyrinth of language that entangles time and space, creating profoundly evocative studies of the human psyche. Time, space, narrator, characters, plot and theme often leap ahead, double back or splinter off, only to find themselves part of a breathtaking orchestration, resulting in some of the most poignant tales in American literature. In a similar way, Lewis knots and weaves his painted or drawn passages into the formal context of his subject: in part, by literally cutting and pasting, and in part by recklessly juxtaposing areas of dissimilar spatial orientations. The assembly results in a densely tactile, rich phrasing while maintaining a certain buoyancy of light and atmosphere. Lewis reaches for his own heights of interpretation- almost in spite of his steadfast observation of the motif."