Exhibition: As and When (In the Waxing Crescent) by Michael Lewis

2 August 2019 until 8 September 2019
Hostry Exhibition Space
ADAPTED FOR WEBSITE As and When (In the Waxing Crescent) (c) Michael Lewis

As and When (In the Waxing Crescent) will feature a series of works exploring the relationship between the materiality of space and the body - from the circumnavigational movement meditation of monks in the cloister to the methodic shaping of stone by masons, from geologic time to annual moon cycles to the washing of hands.

This project by artist Michael Lewis will explore ritual, time, and the relationship between architecture and inhabitation through a study of Norwich Cathedral's cloister.

The exhibition will run from 2 August 2019 until 8 September 2019.

A note from artist Michael Lewis

As and When (In the Waxing Crescent) presents a series of works that explore our relationship with time. The exhibition responds to the Norwich Cathedral cloister, a space whose material fabric depends on deep geologic time and traditional practices of laborious human craftsmanship. This space animates through the shadow play of annual and diurnal patterns and the bodily act of circumnavigation. The shifting of tectonic plates echoes in the rhythmic tooling of stone slabs and the deliberate motion of monks engaged in movement meditation forms an incidental correspondence with the casual tourist - a conversation across time. These concurrent overlaps of various scales of time and place invite us to question our own position by entering a ritual of patient observation - an opportunity to notice the minuscule and monotonous.

From moment to moment, the cloister shifts. Sometimes by the rapid passing of a cloud that momentarily interrupts our rotational relationship to the sun, or by the slow movement of a subtly rolling grey sky, the rhythmic echoes of hurried heels on stone, or through a blink. Light activates the rhythm of gothic arches that draw our body through space as we traverse the rich diversity of paving slabs – here a small fossil frozen a million years ago and slowly wearing away. The unnamed labourer drawing stone from a quarry on the Isle of Wight, to be transported some 300 miles and shaped and carefully placed and then to sit patiently and wait to fall, eventually back.

The exhibition comprises a series of drawings by Michael James Lewis and instruments by Oliver Payne. Each of these works becomes a marker of time and a committed exercise in a lineage of practices that ask us to bear witness to patience, that are an homage to subtle shifts, that connect us to deeper cosmic patterns and timelines.

All Hostry exhibitions are free and open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Pictured above is a work by Michael Lewis.