Tau Lewis (b. 1993, Toronto, Canada) is a Jamaican-Canadian sculptor whose work combines natural and synthetic materials to create simulations of living organisms. Lewis’ self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage of found and repurposed materials to build portraits.  Her material practice is influenced by her surrounding environment, and the conceptual framework of her sculptures investigates black identity and agency, memory and recovery, and African diaspora . Recent solo and group exhibitions include New Museum, MoMa PS1, Shrine Gallery, Chapter NY, Jeffrey Stark, New York; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA;  Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University, 8-11 Gallery, Cooper Cole, Gallery 44, Toronto; Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga; Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada. Lewis currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Born 1993, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2018
Cheyenne Julien and Tau Lewis, Chapter NY, New York, USA
making it work to be together while we can, Jeffrey Stark, New York, USA
Solo booth, Frieze New York, Cooper Cole, USA 

Tau Lewis, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, USA

2017
Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiago, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
cyphers, tissue, blizzards, exile, 8-11 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016
foraged, ain’t free, The Pendulum Project, Studio 223a, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibits

2018
Ragga NYC, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada (forthcoming)
Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, Shrine Gallery, New York, USA

2017
NADA Miami, Cooper Cole, Miami, USA
Unmasked, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada
In Pursuit of the Perfect Rose, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada
Ragga NYC x MoMa PS1: Back to School, MoMa PS1, New York, USA
Entering the LandscapePlug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
Migrating the Margins, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada
True Lies, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Red Hills of Lardossa, Down & Ross, New York, USA
CAN’T TOUCH THIS, Mulherin New York, New York, USA
RAGGA NYC, New Museum, New York, USA
DOORED 29, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Spring Break Art Fair, Mulherin New York, 4 Times Square, New York, USA
The Un-Othered Body, OCAD Graduate Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016
Open House, Sleep Center, New York, USA
Fresh Constructions, Katzman Contemporary in collaboration with YTB Gallery, Toronto, Canada
PRISMATIC, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Future 33, Younger than Beyoncé Gallery, Toronto, Canada
BODY TALK, Project Gallery Studios, 184 Munro St, Toronto, Canada
Massive Party 2016: Midnight Massive, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Nice Pile of Bricks, 950 Dupont (House of Vans), Toronto, Canada
DON’T CARE ABOUT LOSING, 1287 Dupont, Toronto, Canada

2015
GHOST HOLE VII, Jam Factory Co., Toronto, Canada
Bad Girls Club, 116 Geary Ave, Toronto, Canada
Carbon Paper Issue #4 launch, 8-11 Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Women In Music and Arts, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, Toronto, Canada
Massive Party 2015: HOTBED, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

2014
TAVES 2014, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada
This Is Not For You, Brockton Collective, Toronto, Canada
This Is Not For You, Creatures Creating, Toronto, Canada
This Is Not For You, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Collaborations

2016
Art Toronto MOCA Benefit Edition, Fourth Floor with Tau, Portrait, collaboration with Jeff Bierk, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Performance Night curated by Tau Lewis, with performances by Kiera Boult, Jazmine VK Carr, Danièle Dennis, Erika De Freitas and Jazmyn Fyffe, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada

Artists talks / Panels

2017
Triangle Trade Conversations, artist talk with Charmaine Lurch, mediated by Yaniya Le, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada
In Pursuit of the Perfect Rose
, panel discussion with Rajni Perera, Rah, Dalia Amara, and Shellie Zhang, mediated by Leila Fatemi, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada
Entering the Landscape
, panel discussion with Rajni Perera, Rah, Dalia Amara and Shelie Zhang, mediated by Jenifer Papararo, and Sarah Nesbitt, Plug in ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
Magic in Limitation (Sculpting with found objects)
, Plug in ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
The Hallmark of Tolerance
, panel discussion with Ayisha Gariba, Alaana Butler, Gyimah Gariba and Huda Hassan, University of Toronto, Canada
The (Un)Othered Body
, panel discussion with Oreka James, Dainesha Nugent-Palache and Mariam Magsi, mediated by Jessica Karuhanga, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Black cultural appropriation vs. reclamation, panel discussion with Lou Boileau, mediated by Sheniece Cater, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Tau Lewis in Conversation with Yaniya Lee, artist talk in conjunction with cyphers, tissue, blizzards, exile, 8-11 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016
City Limits, panel discussion with Karimah Gheddai, mediated by Sydney Allen-Ash, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sorry, Not Sorry, panel discussion with Merray Gerges, mediated by Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada


Workshops

2017     
Magic in Limitation (Sculpting with found objects), Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada


Publications

2017    
Everything is a time capsule, published by Magenta Foundation


Awards / Grants

2017
William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists, The Hynastyshyn Foundation, Ottawa, Canada
Emerging Visual Artists Grant, Toronto Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance for Visual Artists, (Third Space Art Projects), Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance for Visual Artists, (The Power Plant Contemporary), Ontario Arts Council

2016
Emerging Visual Artists Grant, Toronto Arts Council

Collections

National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives

 

 

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