“I use rope and string often, because it is a simple material which allows great control (few moving parts) as well as flexibility. It is a direct use as well, often when pulled tightly, giving the the most direct path to what is at the other end. To pull, to bind, to control, to suspend, these are all simple or atomic functions which use of string or rope allows an unmediated experience of. It is an obvious and simple choice for many purposes that might involve exploring rudimentary performance concerns.” – Lewis Gesner
excerpt from “Voice Throttle,” 2010 location: Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
This was an illustration of Gesner’s ideas concerning simple actions during a lecture. The artist uses voice and rope to manipulate sound and mechanism.
excerpt from “Draggin,” 2006 location: KriKri festival, Gent, Belgium
Gesner lead the audience to attach string and sticks to their legs. Together, the artist and audience walked through streets to next performance area. The sticks served as plectrums on various street surfaces
Lewis Gesner has been presenting action and performance based work for several decades, and works internationally at various venues. Working toward simplification of means and materials, he follows a path of simple atomic art, or, irreducible matters in presentation. His lives in the US and Taiwan, and is a member of mobius artists group, presently on leave.