Brian Lewis is an artist who mainly works with installations. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, Lewis reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for 'conclusive' stories and the question whether anecdotes 'fictionalise' history. Catering Van
His installations bear strong political references. The possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, he uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space - a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.
His works are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, 'fact-fiction' and popular scientific equivalents.