Lewis Koch

About the Artist About the Artist Lewis Koch lives in Madison, Wisconsin. For the past thirty years he has been working independently as a visual artist and documentary photographer. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in London, New York City, Rotterdam, Brussels, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and in numerous group exhibitions. KochÕs photographs are in permanent collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. As a recent artist-in-residence at the Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, Koch created the web project, Touchless Automatic Wonder. Located at http://www.photography.dk/online/Koch/home.html it provides a comprehensive overview of his work in photography, installations and temporary public artworks.

The question is not what you look at but what you see. -Henry David Thoreau

Lewis Koch's work has been described as remarkable and mesmeric, relentless, and as a kind of hallucinatory documentary. Throughout his work, he expresses a desire to organize disparate experience into a unified whole to give form to the fragmented aspects of what we call reality. Drawing upon elements of sculpture, text, architecture, performance and readymades, his prints and assemblages call attention to the mundane and unremarkable elements of everyday life, to recognize these as the building blocks of daily existence. A review of his work, by James Hugunin, states that Koch's assemblages wed the cool detachment of conceptualism to the mysteriousness of the photographic equivalent. What contemporary theory understands as two wholly incompatible methods one materialist, the other idealist Koch has synthesized in aesthetic terms through a keen eye and an astute sense of formal and conceptual linkage.

When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. -John Muir

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