About Jen Lewin

Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor whose studio is located in Boulder, Colorado.

Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. Lewin’s use of technology as a medium challenges popular conceptions of new media works and their limitations. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. At once organic and electronic, Jen Lewin’s playful sculptures leave viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through the their engagement with the work. In this sense, visitors to Jen Lewin’s works become artists themselves.

As a trained architect, Lewin’s pieces are often the scale of buildings and rooms. She creates experiences and environments that are both part of, and integrated into, a physical space. For example, her work “The Pool” spans almost a quarter acre and involves more than 100 interactive, glowing, outdoor light platforms that when stood upon, interact with each other. “The Moths,” is composed of three giant, translucent, silk robotic moths set to movement based on how someone moves under them.

While Lewin’s pieces may seem very technically complex, she has developed a system that uses her own custom simple raw tools to create complex, robust, interactive works with longevity. Her works can be waterproof and weatherproof. They can survive harsh conditions, and do not require enormous technical maintenance. She uses small microcontrollers and custom electronics, that allow her pieces to run for years without upkeep and provide her with infinite ways to capture user feedback, such as how a person is moving through a space or touching an object. With these tools, Lewin is capable of creating an infinite variety of work that allows her to create magical pieces that capture viewers and engage them in a space.

Her technically complex works have been featured at events including Vivid Sydney, iLight Marina Bay, Signal Fest and Burning Man, art Biennales in Denver and Gwangju and solo exhibitions in the United States, Portugal and England. Her design and multimedia work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Wired, The New York Times, BBC News and The Straits Times.  Lewin served as Creative Director for the Ceren Project and Ivee Project at The Sundance Laboratory for Advanced Computing in Design, as well as a lead designer for ITN (Saber) in Palo Alto. Lewin attended New York University and earned her BA in Computer-Aided Architectural Design and her MPS in the Graduate Program in Interactive.

 

Art Exhibits

2014 Signal Festival, Prague: The Pool
2014 Art of Colombo, Lisbon: The Pool
2014 Burning Man, Honorarium Artist and Featured Exhibit: The Super Pool
2014 AHA! Light Up Cleveland, Cleveland: The Double Pool
2014 Vivid Light, Sydney: The Pool
2014 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore: The Pool
2014 Luminosity @ Loudon House, Lexington: The Chandelier Harp
2013 Conway Artsfest: The Pool and The Chandelier Harp
2013 Denver Art Biennale: The Arc Lamps and The Pool
2013 Escape From Wonderland: The Pool
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando: The Pool
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, NYC: The Pool
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, Chicago: The Pool
2013 Electric Daisy Carnival, Vegas: The Pool
2013 It’s Electric: Solo Exhibition by Jen Lewin, CU Art Museum
2013 SXSW Republic Park: The Pool
2012 La Napoule Art Foundation, Denver Exhibit: The Long Harp
2012 Burning Man, Honorarium Project: The Arc Harps
2012 The Kitchen Denver (Permanent): Edison Orbs and Edison Chandelier
2011/12 Light Supply Exhibition at The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood: The Long Harp
2011 Philadelphia (Permanent): The Paint Torch, by Claes Oldenburg, Light Art by Jen Lewin
2011 Electric Daisy Festival, Vegas: The Pool
2011 Electric Daisy Festival Dallas: The Pool
2010 Solaris, Vail Colorado (Permanent Sculpture): The Water Tree by Lawrence Argent,
Light Art by Jen Lewin
2010 Montreal Balloon Festival: The Pool
2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, Dallas: The Pool
2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, Denver: The Pool
2009 New Orleans Botanical Garden: Arc Harps
2009 Voodoo Festival New Orleans: Arc Harps
2009 National City, California City Hall (Permanent): Wood Harp
2009 National City, California City Hall (Permanent): The Moth
2009 Tesla Store Opening Exhibit, Boulder CO: Long Harp
2009 Burning Man, Honorarium Artist and Featured Exhibit: The Pool
2008 Burning Man, Honorarium Artist and Featured Exhibit: The Pool
2008 Visiting Artist Series, Atlas Center, Boulder, Colorado: The Moths
2007 GwangJu Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea: The Long Harp
2007 Wired Magazines “NextFest”; invited exhibit Los Angeles: The Long Harp
2007 Burning Man: Light Arcs
2006 The Dairy Center for the Arts, Solo Show, The McMahon Gallery
2006 Wired Magazines “NextFest” New York Javits Center: Light Arcs
2006 University of Colorado, Museum: Light Harps
2006 Burning Man Art Grant: Arc Harps
2006 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Light Curtain and The Butterfly
2004 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Elevator Shaft
2002 Tiche Galla, Lincoln Center: The Ribs
2002 New York University, ITP Gallery: Butterfly
2001/2 New York University, ITP Gallery: The Ribs
2000 New York University, ITP Gallery: Dancing Curtains
1998 SIGGRAPH:Orlando Florida: Ceren

Awards

2014 BRAF Honorarium, The Super Pool
2013 University of Central Arkansas Artist in Residence
2012 BRAF Honorarium, “Play Modules”
2012 Burning Man artist grant: “The Arc Harps”
2005 Burning Man artists grant: “The Pool”
2005 Burning Man artists grant: “Arc Harps”
1996/7 Presidents Fund For Teaching in Technology Research Grant: “The Ceren Project”
1996 CASI (Colorado Advanced Software Institute) Research Grant.

Press Links

 

Sculpture

Straits Times “Marina Bay to come aglow with light festival from this Friday”

LA Times Pictures In The News

NBC News “Sustainable Art Glows Bright in Singapore”

BBC News Magazine “Jen Lewin: Artist dazzles with light-and-sound installations”

Smithsonian Magazine “Dive Into Jen Lewin’s Interactive Light Pool”

PSFK “Light Cushion Installation Comes Alive with Human Feet”

The Creators Project “Create Rippling Patterns Of Light With These Interactive Circles”

International Magazine of Space Design | Bob |

The Denver Post “Best of 2013: Denver’s 13 best cultural moments of the year”

Boulder Weekly “Art in a Digital World: How Jen Lewin Uses Technology to Inspire Connectivity

Daily Camera “People power Boulder artist’s interactive exhibit ‘It’s Electric’

Wired.com “SXSW’s Maker Takeover Flashes, Then Fizzles”

Sparkfun “Let your Geek Shine”

WestWord “Jen Lewin: Light In Darkness”

303 Magazine “Jen Lewin: Rave Against The Laser Beam”

Boulder Weekly: Jen Lewin: Art That Moves You

WestWord: Let There Be Light

PAFA Paint Torch

Kreysler Press Release

The Inquirer “Paintbrush Poised to Light Up Broad Street”

Sparkfun: Jen Lewin Feature

 

Design

The Feel Good Kitchen, Food and Wine Magazine

TedX- Reinventing the role of restaurants in changing America’s Food Culture, Kimbal Musk

Denver Post Feature: “Jen Lewin designs The Kitchen Denver to savor simplicity”

Green Up Colorado- A film about sustainability and green living, a film by Lisa D. Olken.

 

 

Publications

- 2003 Stephen Cass, “Electronic Realism: The Ribs, Jen Lewin”, IEEE Spectrum

-1998 Lewin, J. Mark Ehrhardt, and Mark D. Gross “The Ceren Web Resource: Enabling Students to Become Anthropologists In A Virtual Site,” SIGGRAPH ’98 Educator’s Conference, Orlando Florida .

-1998 Gross, M., J. Lewin, E-Yuen Do, K. Kuczun, and A. Warmack “Drawing as an interface to Knowledge Based Design”, final report of a Colorado Advanced Software Institute Undergraduate Research Grant.

-1998 Lewin, Jenniffer. ” Ceren Village Illustrations”. Microsoft Encarta 1997. Computer renderings and reconstructions.

-1998 Lewin, Jenniffer. “Structure 1 rendering”. National Geographic. May 1998. Computer renderings and reconstruction’s.

-1997 Lewin, J. and M.D. Gross, “Resolving Archaeological Site Data With 3D Computer Modeling: The case of Ceren,” J. Automation in Construction, 6(4).

-1997 Lewin, Jenniffer, M. Erhardt, and M. D. Gross “Not Just Another Pretty Face: Image and argument in an archaeological web site “, Computer Assisted Architectural Design Futures 97, Academic Publishers, Dordrecht .

 

EDUCATION

BA Architecture and Computer Aided Design, University of Colorado , Boulder
MPS: Interactive Design, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University .