Local artist William Lewis is a master of investigating—and elevating—the mundane, as is evident in his new exhibit, The City Limits, presented by Surel's Other Place.
According to surelsplace.org, The exhibit of "small paintings of nearby landscapes" came about after Lewis "took a wrong turn during a drive." He found himself at "Boise's southern edge, where city gives way to high desert ... The brightness of the sky and the dry, raw earth seemed to overwhelm the impermanent, human interventions in the landscape."
Lewis employs the richness of oil paint to create steel, wood, dirt and clouds, turning something as simple as a dump truck chugging along a highway into something sublime. The City Limits is on display through Monday, Feb. 29 at Cinder Winery (107 E. 44th St., Garden City, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Speaking of mystery, dance is often a misunderstood art form. The beauty and athleticism are usually obvious, however, the narrative isn't always. Local performing art collaborative LED is making strides toward untangling dance by "fusing artistic mediums," including "live original music, movement, sound and visual design," all of which help tell the story. LED's full-scale work, This Side of Paradise, was a breathtaking mixture of forms that explored the relationship between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The dance, music and screen projections lit up the Morrison Center, when LED debuted Paradise in October 2015—and a release party at The Egyptian Theatre on Jan. 22 for a CD of original music written for Paradise was even more charged than the debut.
Rather than fight the smaller stage, the husband-and-wife team of LED co-founders—artistic director Lauren Edson and creative director Andrew Stensaas—took advantage of the close-knit quarters, heightening what had already been an outstanding performance. Both the dancers and the musicians were electrifying, creating an atmosphere that was part rock concert, part high-art performance.
LED is slated to stage a new work titled This Way to the Egress at the 2016 Treefort Music Fest—we don't want to give away the story, but here's a hint: zoo. The venue is a perfect fit and a perfect opportunity to see what this innovative group is capable of.