Lewis Koch

Drawing upon aspects of photography, sculpture, assemblage and text, Lewis Koch calls attention to the often unremarked upon elements of everyday life. Over the past forty years, his work has been shown in garages, on kiosks and billboards, as well as in museums and galleries, with solo exhibitions in New York, London, Brussels, Seoul, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work is in permanent collections throughout the

United States, Canada and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago).  As an artist-in-residence at Copenhagen’s Fotografisk Center, Koch created the web project Touchless Automatic Wonder.  It provided an overview of his work prior to 2001; and was the basis for a monograph (Borderland Books, Madison, 2009) by the same title. When Things Dream, the third installation in the artist’s Garage Trilogy, is shown on the web at www.afsnitp.dk as Garageography 3.0.7. 

 

Born1949
BirthplaceNew York, NY
GenderMale
CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageEuropean-American

Artwork

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Essays

Everyday scenes which one might pass by and never recognize as anything more than ordinary elements of a familiar environment are the subject of many of Lewis Koch's photographs. By photographing scenes that are often underestimated from a casual glance, these ordinarily unnoticed settings become totems to our eclectic and elemental society.

More recently, Koch has been photographing garage interiors. Wandering into dimly lit garages, Koch, as visual archeologist, is perhaps looking for clues to explain what was first explored in his outdoor work.

Lewis Koch has received state and NEA grants for numerous photography projects and has published and exhibited his work extensively. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.

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