Drink the Wild Air: Work by Nancy Lasar
East Gallery: October 28 – December 3, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Virtual Artist Talk: Friday, November 18, 6:30 pm
- Nancy Lasar
ARTIST STATEMENT AND BIO
“Whether in drawing, painting or printmaking, the process for me is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement. I try to use a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation including the passage of time. Multiple realities intermingle in memory, imagination and daily life as images emerge and diverge reconfiguring in new relationships.”
Critics have described Nancy Lasar’s work with such phrases as “drawing with light”, “condensed energy and flow”, “calm and crazy” and “organized chaos”. “Her latest work demonstrates an evolution, a transmutation, a metamorphosis of style, but not of a message. Her art compels us to take a second look, to gaze more intently at the world we inhabit….Her varied works make manifest the depth and richness of her own musings.” Lasar herself states, “ we are tuning forks of emotion as we react to the world around us, vibrating at frequencies beyond logic, struggling to reflect, adjust and move forward in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.”
John Davis writes in his introduction to her 2013 brochure “Lines of Light”, “Each of Lasar’s piece is a portal to that which lays unforeseen. Each morphing image and wild line promise something more than initially meets the eye. Indeed, each work rewards closer scrutiny with new realizations and deeper insights into the world at large. Lasar is challenging and enticing viewers to move beyond present realities – to see ‘anew’ and with a greater understanding of all that surrounds them. Each image is an invitation to enter these new realms.”
A native of New England, Lasar’s work has been exhibited widely including group shows in New York, New Jersey, Japan, Sweden, and China. She has had two solo exhibitions at The Mattatuck Museum, The former New Arts Gallery, and The Washington (Ct.) Art Association and at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at such venues as The International Print Center, New York, VanDeb Editions, NY., The Bruce Museum, The Lyman Allen Museum, The DeCordova Museum, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, SiteBrooklyn: The Yard at Bryant Park, NY, the New Britain Museum, and The Lyman Allen Museum. Lasar’swork is found in such collections as Aetna Life and Casualty, Pfizer Corp., the General Mills Corp., The Mattatuck Museum, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and The Karsdale Collection as well as in homes and offices throughout the U.S.
Nancy Lasar is represented by A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn as an Alumnae Artist, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Ct. , VanDeb Editions, N.Y., and the Silvermine Guild of Artists Gallery, New Canaan, Ct She has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from The Ct. Commission on the Arts as well as a grant to study at the Vermont Studio Center. Lasar lives and works in Washington Depot, Ct.