Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lycoming College - Artist shares images of immigration and integration

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College Art Department is pleased to welcome Pedro Lasch as an artist-in-residence for the week of Oct. 17 through 21. His exhibit, titled “Naturalizations & Latino/a America: Masks And Maps,” will be held in the Lycoming College Art Gallery in downtown Williamsport, from Oct. 21 through Nov. 19.

He will offer two presentations as part of his residency:

On Oct. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., he will explore the role of art, immigration, and migration in the changing demographics of America in Clarke Chapel on the College campus.

On Oct. 21, he will present a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. as part of the gallery opening and reception that day. The reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Lycoming College Art Gallery, 25 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.

The events and exhibit are free and open to the public.


Lasch’s exhibit shares recent work from two ongoing artistic series. In his “Latino/a America” series, he presents a new map of the American continent and the development of public art forms that are dispersed in everyday social spaces. The words “Latino/a” and “America” acquire different meanings depending on the context, and reflect on the deep impact of population shifts in our culture.

His “Naturalizations” series shows the results of the use of rectangular mirror masks that enable wearers to move around freely in a form of performance art. The initial perception created by these masks is one of spatial and psychological confusion. Subjects are reversed if only one person is wearing the mask. If several people wear them and look at each other, their faces disappear and transform into an endless set of reflections of other mirrors, other faces, environments and objects. Landscape and subject are one and many. The mirror experience has been performed in public spaces, schools, museum installations and in galleries and theaters that house traditional media such as photography, painting, sculpture, dance and theater. Taking place in many cities and countries around the world, the “Naturalizations” projects have included hundreds of participants and dozens of partnering institutions.

During his residency, Lasch will be working with Lycoming students and Williamsport Area High School advanced placement art students to paint a mural and create a series of digital photographs using the mirror masks for exhibition in the Lycoming College Art Gallery.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pedro Lasch divides his time between North Carolina, where he teaches art, art theory, and visual studies at Duke University; and New York City, where he leads on-going projects with immigrant communities and art collectives.

His solo exhibitions and projects include “Open Routines” (Queens Museum of Art, 2006), “Black Mirror” (Nasher Museum of Art, 2008), and “Abstract Nationalism & National Abstraction” (The Phillips Collection, 2014). Lasch has participated in group exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, South Korea and Cuba. He has written two books and his art and writings have been featured in Saber VerArt ForumARTnewsCultural StudiesThe New York TimesThe Philadelphia WeeklyEl Universal and La Jornada.

His show runs concurrently with the retrospective of design work by the late Stuart Samuels ’54 curated by art alumna Briana (Lewis) Hassibi ’01.

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