Lewis Fidock engages the expanded fields of sculpture and painting to create objects that scrutinise and subvert perceptions of value, labour, history and humour. He does this by using a predominantly domestic (and obscure) cultural narrative to frame suggestions about a contemporary Australian ‘style’. Fidock’s work – often willfully absurd and sometimes downright funny – serves to both deny art’s symbolic value as well as critique the production of its meaning. It develops out of painstaking research – a strategy which is also reflected in the approaches and processes he undertakes in its making – but the end product often deliberately undermines or obscures its intensely laborious handmade nature. There’s also a keen archaeological aspect to Fidock’s practice, which might result in his unearthing of obscure imagery from various Australian subcultures, or rediscovering local stories and legends. His work represents a search for the local, the pursuit of ‘an Australian vernacular untarnished by cliché’.
LEWIS FIDOCK has presented numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Fun House, Minerva, Sydney (2015); 7 vs 9 (with Isabelle Sully), West Space, Melbourne (2014); Thunder in Aspic, tcb Art Inc, Melbourne (2014); Habitat, Minerva, Sydney (2014); The Future Is Long Enough For It All To Come True, Kings ARI, Melbourne (2013); and Sarabande, Goodtime Studios, Melbourne (2012). In 2012 Fidock was the recipient of both the Myer and Majlis Encouragement Awards and he completed a BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2013.