Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Buchenwald (or in this case) Dreaming of Butterflies
Pencil, Latex, Gouache on Paper
15" x 22 1/2"

In this installation at John Jermain Memorial Library: Pages From History or Reimagining the Self, Pasca seeks to make visible the alternative landscapes in our lives with images that invite the view to explore new spaces and histories. The exhibit runs through August.

Jesse Pasca is best known for his labor intensive 'micro-writing' and his grid-based drawings that act as physical evidence of attention in an increasingly digitized world. Pasca identifies our cultural fascination with all things technological and digital as the invisible tacit agreement that ties us to our perceived hope for evolution and transformation. For too long, "advancement" has been synonymous with increases in velocity, intensity and efficiency. A question of quality, of sustainability and the commensurate awareness of our (human) position on the planet requires thoughtfulness and, intention and attention. Examples of this work can be seen currently at Josée Bienvenu Gallery, in Chelsea, NYC at the microwave six exhibition. Pages From History is a more intuitive extension of this work- a more obvious invitation for the viewer to explore our individual and shared landscapes and histories. The artist is especially happy to be showing these works at the John Jermain Memorial Library. He said, "I spend as much time as possible in Sag Harbor, the pace is more human. I can stroll. Similar to growing one's own food the act of going to a library is subversive in our culture. In an age of immediacy, the search for knowledge needs to take on texture in order for it to 'stick'. There is magic in selecting a book from the stacks. Just the connection to the width or color of the spine of a book may hold some key. Bringing this work to the library is a joyful process for me. I imagine what narratives might be borne from the works." John Jermain Memorial Library hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

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