Still, Children’s Games, 2002. Image: Mark Lewis.
A camera glides effortlessly along the ramps and elevated walkways of the Heygate Estate on a sunny summer day. The camera propels endlessly forward, offering glimpses to the side of carefree play in the sunshine, kids passing a basketball, cartwheeling and playing in the grass below. Gliding along the empty walkways, frolicking children below, its as if we are held in a dream. A contemplation on the nature of place, perception and the everyday in the creation and destruction of our built environment.
In February 2007, the Arts Council acquired the work ‘Children’s Games’ to from part of the national Arts Council Collection. The work was shown as part of ‘Somewhat Abstract: Selections from the Arts Council Collection’ at Nottingham Contemporary, April 2014 – June 2014, alongside work by artists including Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Helen Chadwick, Yoko Ono, Kathy Prendergast, Bridget Riley, Mark Wallinger, Rachel Whiteread and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Mark Lewis is an artist and filmmaker. He represented Canada at the 53rd Venice International Art Biennale. He has shown across film festivals and art galleries worldwide and his work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. In March 2016, Mark received Canada’s Governor General’s Award for the recognition of outstanding achievement in art practice.