Lew works with materials that appear to be stable. Let's define this stability in contrast to real life that is so speedy and undefined.  Everything is in the process of being experienced.  So with the comics, the ads, the songs, the colors, the shapes  the stuff that Lew considers so carefully – they appear to be somewhat fixed.  We can name them, they have a date of creation, they had a context.  But within their new life in a Lewis Klahr film, they so slyly become an experience which posits us, the viewers, as the participants.  The apparently stable things start to slip and slide, hitting varied ideas and emotions in the participant.  You think you know what you're watching and listening to, but no, because you are in the process of creating it.  This is why his work is magic.





Karen Yasinsky