This Week at Reynolda: Pedro Lasch and Mirror Masks

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This Week at Reynolda: Pedro Lasch and Mirror Masks

By Allison Slaby, Curator | @LearnReynolda

Artist Pedro Lasch directs a model wearing the mirror mask while an assistant frames the shot during the Mirror Mask intervention at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in November 2014.

During "A Taste of Reynolda" on Friday, March 27, Reynolda House visitors and staff and members of the Wake Forest community will have the exciting opportunity to work with a noted contemporary artist in an innovative workshop.  A Taste of Reynolda is an event for the Wake Forest community to engage with the historic spaces of Reynolda Village, Gardens, and House.  As participants visit each place, they will celebrate with food and music along the way.

Pedro Lasch, Dining Room 1, Naturalizations mirror mask intervention at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2015. Image Courtesy the Artist and The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Through a collaboration with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Taste of Reynolda participants will work with artist Pedro Lasch, who teaches drawing, painting and multimedia art at Duke University.  Working in front of the façade of the 1917 historic home, Lasch will invite workshop participants to put on the Mirror Mask, an object of his own invention consisting of a flat, reflective mask.  Wearing the mask creates fascinating juxtapositions of space and objects—a tree might appear to be hovering in front of the house, or a person’s face might be replaced by a sliver of blue sky.  People will then be able to capture these unusual compositions by making photographs.  The result is a unique hybrid of art-making, performance, and creative use of historic spaces.

Pedro Lasch, Dining Room 2, Naturalizations mirror mask intervention at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2015. Image Courtesy the Artist and The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

The collaboration with Pedro Lasch extends a project begun in the Fall of 2014, in which he made photographs at Reynolda House that brought together works from the museum’s significant collection of American art and aspects of the historic house (see related images).  These new combinations were both surprising and revealing.  The photographs that document Lasch’s project at Reynolda will be on view at SECCA from April 16 to August 15, 2015 as part of an exhibition entitled Alternative Modernisms.  The exhibition features the work of five artists who explore the evolving relationship between the historical and the contemporary image.  Lasch’s Reynolda images will be joined in the SECCA exhibition by photographs he made at the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Two workshops will take place during the event on Friday, March 27th, beginning at 3:30 and 4:15 in front of the historic 1917 Reynolda House façade.  Participants are limited to the first 30 to arrive.


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