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Pat Lasch: Journeys of the Heart

March 25th – October 15th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen
 
The artist’s first major museum exhibition, Journeys of the Heart surveys 43 years of work by Pat Lasch. Driven by personal stories and influenced by feminist practices, Lasch’s ouevre incorporates a range of media, from ceramic, bronze, and cut paper to wood sculpture and lace-making. Featuring the delicate cake and pastry sculptures for which the artist is best known . . .
 

Pat Lasch, Wedding Tower, ca. 2012, Collection of Meredith Ward and Debra Wieder, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, A Life Blessed: Wedding Dress, 2017, acrylic paint, baroque pearls, glass beads, crystals, photograph by Martine Fougeron
Pat Lasch, A Couple’s Prayer(from the Prayer Cloth Series), 2006, gold, silver, and copper leaf, netting, and acrylic paint on Arches paper, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, Gift of Albert Aaron, © Pat Lasch
Pat Lasch, Wedding Tower, 1978, wood, acrylic, paper, needles and metallic thread, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of Roger W. Barrett.
Pat Lasch, A Life Blessed: Christening Dress, H.V., Four Pregnancies, Two Births, 2014, acrylic paint, baroque pearls, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Five Hearts Presented to God for Judgement, 1989-90, cast iron, blackened bronze, carvedstone, cast lead, gilded bronze, Collection of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, © Pat Lasch
Pat Lasch, Anna Reilly II, 2014, acrylic paint, baroque pearls, beads, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Box of Poison Cookies, 1983, mixed media, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Heart Worm, 1985, mixed media, gold leaf, photograph David Plakke.
Pat Lasch, A Life Blessed: 50th Anniversary Golden Egg, 1985-1986, plaster, thorns, gold leaf, Collection of Jennifer Grausman, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Two Hearts for Three Friedas, 1987-1989, bronze, stainless steel scissors
Pat Lasch, Chocolate Egg and Bones, 1983, mixed media
Pat Lasch, Death of the Princess II, 1981, feathers, paper, wire, beads, gold thread, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Letters to the Dead, 1998, mixed media on paper, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, Wilhelmina's Bird Tower, 1979-1980, wood, acrylic paint, glass beads, cut paper, hair, silver thread, photograph by David Plakke
Pat Lasch, arrangement of pastry sculptures, 2012-2017, photograph by David Plakke

The artist’s first major museum exhibition, Journeys of the Heart surveys 43 years of work by Pat Lasch. Driven by personal stories and influenced by feminist practices, Lasch’s ouevre incorporates a range of media, from ceramic, bronze, and cut paper to wood sculpture and lace-making. Featuring the delicate cake and pastry sculptures for which the artist is best known alongside little-seen stitched canvas panels and an array of intimately-scaled bronze sculptures, Lasch’s beautiful work is intensely biographical. As a pioneer who emerged from the downtown New York art scene of the 1970s, Lasch embeds her work with rich narratives from her personal journey. Her practice is rooted in spirituality, and always weighted with the pains and joys of heartbreak, age, and adventure. Central to the exhibition is a stunning display of life-size dresses marking significant moments in a woman’s life—from christening dress and wedding gown to shroud — all made in the artist’s signature intricate piped-paint lace.

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and supported by the Clinton Hill & Allen Tran Foundation, and Donna MacMillan.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.

 

ArtTalk with Pat Lasch

Wednesday, April 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen

Free, space is limited.

Join Pat Lasch for a tour of her exhibition Journeys of the Heart. Learn about her career of four decades, and her breathtakingly intricate methods that manipulate fine and decorative art media as a mode of feminist practice.

Limited Editions to Commemorate Pat Lasch: Journeys of the Heart

To commemorate the exhibition, the artist has created limited edition mini cake sculptures, available for purchase at The Galen. The sculptures come in three colors, each in an edition of 13 – a baker’s dozen. A fully-illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with limited edition copies also available.

Image:

Pat Lasch, arrangement of pastry sculptures, 2012-2017, photograph by David Plakke.