Pat Lasch: Love's Labors 1974 / 2014 will be on view at Meredith Ward Fine Art from September 18 - October 25, 2014. The show will feature 12 new works by the artist, which she calls "Christening dresses," made entirely from acrylic polymer paint. Also on view will be three sewn canvases dating from 1974. This is Lasch's second show at the gallery.
In a statement for the exhibition, Lasch writes, "The 'Christening dresses' represent a young girl's entrance into the world through her mother's labor, and the unknown future of her own life and labors." Lasch notes that her work has gone against the grain of art world trends: "From the late 1960s and mid-1970s, when most artists were painting, I reclaimed sewing as an art form, putting thousands of tiny stitches on muslin to represent our ancestors...Today, as young artists are working with sewing and textiles, often in monumental scale, I am using paint to create 'fabric' for small, intricately detailed 'Christening dresses'."
Lasch has been producing ground breaking and provocative work for almost four decades. Her most recent work continues her ongoing project.
Pat Lasch has enjoyed significant success in her career, having participated in many individual and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She was elected a National Academician in 1995, and her work is represented in such museum collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Palm Springs Art Museum, California.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay by the artist.