Este Lewis, Natural sponge wallpaper, 2011, dimensions variable // James Mont, sofa and coffee table, c.1950, original wool upholstery and wood with polychrome finish, 28.5” x 91” x 33” / 25.25” x 29” x 30.25” // Michael Eden, Wedgwoodn’t Tureen, 2010, Rapid manufactured with non-fired ceramic coating, 8.5” x 9” x 7.5”
A Step Back into the Future // March 26 - May 1, 2011 // The Proposition // New York, NY
Back when people smoked cigarettes and drank martinis with no awareness of negative consequences, James Mont was designing outrageous living rooms with sofas covered in exquisite densely textured fabrics and furniture with complex surfaces piled with layers of tinted lacquers and gold and silver leaf.
This exhibition will bring you into a living room of the future set in the past and the gallery will be divided into three segments, all containing arrangements of c.1950 vintage furniture designed by James Mont amidst appropriately themed patterned backdrops of custom wallpaper designed by Este Lewis.
Este Lewis, Natural sponge wallpaper, 2011, dimensions variable // James Mont, Couch, mirror, side and coffee tables // Mickalene Thomas, Brawlin’ Spitfire Wrestlers, 2010, bronze, 14” x 9.75” x 10”, #3 in edition of 3
Este Lewis, wallpaper installation, 2011, gold foil and butterfly stickers, dimensions variable // James Mont, lamp, c.1950, Cerused oak and reverse-painted table lamp with paper shade, 31.5” x 18.5” x 12”
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1983, Este Lewis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase. Group exhibitions of her work include White Box Gallery; “Yummy: A Show About Food” Nexus/Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA; Seventh Biennial Exhibition (Curated by Cornelia Butler, MoMA) A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY. Her public wallpaper installations are on permanent view at The Shala Yoga Studio and at Plan B Bar. Lewis’s wallpaper art has been featured in many magazines that include House Beautiful, Time Out, New York Magazine (“Best Bets”), and Details Magazine. Internationally, her work has appeared in Grazia Magazine Middle East, and The Globe and Mail. Este Lewis lives and works in New York City.