Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Nate Lewis, 37, Harlem (@nloois)
Title of work: tuning the calibration of his weather (2022).
Where to see it: “Tuning the Current” at Fridman Gallery (169 Bowery, New York) until Oct. 23.
Three words to describe it: Transcendent, meditative, powerful.
What was on your mind at the time: As soon as I saw this pose from the photoshoot I fell in love with it. I was trying to give the composition what it needed and not what I’ve done with the compositions in the past. I’ve never duplicated an image to make a full composition, but I knew that this was the way to compose this one. One of Derek Fordjour’s works has multiple line majors in a marching band bending all the way backwards in synchronicity. I saw this image often because I lived by the 145 St subway station where his mosaic is with that image. That particular work has been nested in my memory. I felt the bend in those backs. I wasn’t thinking to ever make a piece that reminded me of that piece, but I think it was just sitting, and as soon as I saw this move the dancer did who I was photographing, it reminded me of that particular work of his.