Pat Lasch: Baker’s Dozen will be on view at Meredith Ward Fine Art from April 24 – May 30, 2012. The show will feature a range of contemporary works by the artist, including paintings, cakes and petit fours constructed primarily from acrylic and wood. This is Lasch’s first show at the gallery.
Marshall Price writes in his essay for the exhibition, “Frequently inspired by the artist’s own personal experience, she is more interested in elucidating a complex emotional terrain than simply rendering the inherent sensory experience of pastries. They become vessels of shared memories both good and bad as well as emblems of a much wider universal kinship. Baked into these delicacies are the complex dynamics of familial relations, the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next, and the emotional markers of an individual’s life.”
As the daughter of a German pastry chef, Pat Lasch was tutored in the art of pastry decoration. Her sculpture turns the idea of delicate, edible pastry confection on its head when she incorporates objects like gold leaf, pearls, and porcupine quills. They are alluring, yet dangerous -- a combination of aesthetic delight and autobiographical narrative that seems to say, “Look at me, I’m beautiful but don’t touch!” Lasch has been producing ground breaking and provocative work for almost four decades. Her most recent work, a series of highly decorated cakes and petit fours constructed of paint, continues her ongoing project.
Pat Lasch has had some 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 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Last year, one of her pieces was selected for acquisition by the Palm Springs Art Museum in California.
This exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay by Marshall Price, the National Academy’s Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.