Samuel Fleming Lewis is no stranger to discovering unique architectural salvage, furniture, hardware and lighting at Building REsources. The INSTUDIO Design Director and exhibiting artist regularly reuses items otherwise destined for landfills when developing interior design for clients. His creative reuse of recycled goods extends to his art, craft, lighting and furniture.
Months ago Lewis stopped into Building REsources to see what would inspire his creativity and found that a new edgy exhibit space for environmental arts, crafts and media was in the works. Where hardware hinges, nuts and bolts once were The Reclaimed Room was emerging and would soon be exhibiting art made from recycled materials. Opening November 14, 2013, “The LIVING Show, style & sustainability” will feature curator selected works by Samuel Fleming Lewis and Tony Hurd.
Samuel found ways to make things by means of crafting and creative reuse long before recycling was given a name. As a teen he painted, repurposed, refinished, refashioned or reupholstered furniture. He dyed patterns onto light colored recycled carpet, made lamps and created sculptures from salvaged wood, tin and metals. He’s covered table tops in scraps of leather with nails. A lifelong love of paper leads to collage or paper mache to develop works of art.
Dual careers come together with the use of form, space, light, color, composition, focal points, textures, drawing, balance, proportion and rhythm as the vehicles to develop art and design for The LIVING Show. An ongoing interest in printed imagery, graphics, photography, manual drafting on paper, abstract art, magazines, craft and books informs Lewis’s work.
Samuel will exhibit lighting produced from recycled wire hangers and design drawings, “Full Moon” mosaic mirrors crafted from broken mirror pieces (Found at Building Resources.) Framed Mirrors crafted from Polaroid pictures, a Side Table surfaced in Polaroid pictures and Black & White Collages were created with graphic recycled Polaroid picture images by San Francisco architectural photographer Sharon Risedorph. Collages made from vintage magazines, Polaroid pictures, recycled photocopy images, recycled junk mail and drawings have evolved into contemporary works of art. A Traditional Chair becomes furniture art when covered in leather and nails taking on an edgy dark appeal. Lewis’s works exemplify how to see creative artistic and living possibilities in items that may be overlooked.
The LIVING Show – November 14, 2013 to January 14, 2014
Meet Artists Samuel Fleming Lewis & Tony Hurd at the Exhibit Reception November 14 – 5pm to 8pm
THE RECLAIMED ROOM, 701 Amador Street – San Francisco, CA 94124, A project of Building REsources
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