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Exhibition Detail
Phantom Limbs and Twin Towers Go Global
29 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002


September 7th, 2011 - October 9th, 2011
Opening: 
September 7th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
WTC Budapest, from the Phantom Limbs series, Pedro LaschPedro Lasch,
WTC Budapest, from the Phantom Limbs series,
2001-2011, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & Stephan Stoyanov Gallery
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Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is proud to present: Selections from Pedro Lasch’s
Phantom Limbs and Twin Towers Go Global, two memorials ten years in the
making, shown in New York for the first time on the occasion of the 10th
anniversary of 9/11/2001.
Visual artist and Duke University professor Pedro Lasch had been living in
New York for more than seven years when the WTC was attacked. He watched
speechless in Brooklyn when the second tower tragically came down. Like so many
others, he decided during the weeks that followed that he would attempt to
translate the collective anger, trauma, and hope for reconciliation into a memorial
artwork. Wanting to produce a truly international memorial that would consider
9/11/2001 in relation to other major global events, the concept of rebuilding the
Twin Towers in different cities around the world came to him almost immediately.
He began working on the project in October 2001, when he read that U.S. soldiers
had requested that remnants of the WTC be brought to Kabul, so they could be
placed in the middle of the first military camp of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom.’
But Lasch’s memorial was never meant to join the onslaught of projects seen in
those first few months and years. Perhaps in contrast with the unintended delays at
Ground Zero in New York, the artist conceived of these fictional Twin Tower
reconstructions as a work that would intentionally develop over many years,
perhaps more than a decade. On the one hand, this would allow people to begin to
heal and to develop more nuanced emotional and intellectual responses to the
tragedy and its related artwork. On the other hand, in Lasch’s view, time was the
only lens through which to see how the event would impact art and culture, global
political affairs, and our everyday lives.
Between 2001 and 2005, he researched widely, sketched, and created
possible reconstructions through digital simulations. Among other ideas
incorporated into the series from this research, Lasch learned that the beams from
New York’s Tribute in Light had already reappeared in real life in other cities
around the world to commemorate 9/11/2001. During these years, the Manhattan
icons were projected onto the skylines of Paris, Liverpool, Budapest, and
Montevideo. Beginning in 2006, Lasch incorporated these cities and other sites of
global significance in the immediate years after the WTC attacks into elaborate
paintings done in different styles associated with the Western canon. The Twin
Towers are featured in all twelve paintings that compose the complete series, and
are installed in galleries resembling the institutions that house historical works of
art. Entitled Phantom Limbs, these works are at once hopeful, critical, and
contemplative. They are a caring memorial to those who have died in New York,
New Orleans, Baghdad, Kabul, Darfur, and other tragic sites. The selection of six
paintings shown at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is the first public viewing of any of
these works in New York and the U.S.
A parallel work produced by Lasch grew out of the research and ideas from
the previous memorial. While in 2004 he decided that painting would best
encompass the historical and emotional range required, he also knew that social
and digital media would best harness the collective imagination needed to consider
what it means to picture the Twin Towers rebuilt around the world. In 2006, he
began his Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG) project, a complex participatory work
which now includes many collaborators, a website, three special anniversary
productions for the AND AND AND platform of Documenta 13 in Kassel (2010,
2011, 2012), as well as an international open call to propose host cities for the
towers. If you would like to participate in the call, we invite you to visit:
http://www.twintowersgoglobal.org/ The appearance of Lasch’s name on the TTGG
website is intentionally oblique, as he believes that such signs of single artistic
authorship greatly reduce social participation in these kinds of works.
This is the second solo show of the artist at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. A
book on the works shown in his previous gallery exhibition Black Mirror / Espejo
Negro, was released last Fall as a co-publication of the Nasher Museum of Art, The
Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke University Press.
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Pedro Lasch was born and raised in Mexico City. Since 1994, he divides his time
between Durham (NC), where he teaches art, art theory, and visual studies at Duke
University, and New York (NY), where he leads on-going projects with immigrant
communities and art collectives, such as 16 Beaver Group.
His solo exhibitions include Open Routines/Rutinas Abiertas (Queens Museum of
Art, 2006) and Black Mirror/Espejo Negro (Nasher Museum of Art, 2008); his
projects have also been presented at Baltimore Museum of Art, Walker Art Center,
MASS MoCA (U.S.A.), Baltic: The Centre for Contemporary Art, Royal College of
Art (U.K.), Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain), Centro Nacional de las Artes
(Mexico), The Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), the Gwangju Biennial (South
Korea), as well as the AND AND AND platform of Documenta 13 (Germany).


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