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Heather Cassils Speaks at Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series on April 23rd

March 27, 2015  by: Natalie Fleming

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Part of the durational performance Cuts A Traditional Sculpture), 2011. 30 x 40 inches; artworks © Heather Cassils. Photograph by the artist with Robin Black. Image courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series 
23 April at 7pm
Heather Cassils 
“The Body As Social Sculpture” 

The Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series is dedicated to queer art and artists. The series showcases the most significant contemporary queer artists with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between their sexuality and their art.

Heather Cassils uses the physical body as a sculptural mass to rupture societal norms. Bashing through binaries, Cassils performs transgendered not as something about crossing from one sex to another, but rather as a continual becoming, a process-oriented way of being that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. Elaborating on the idea that our bodies are often formed in relation to societal expectations, Cassils will talk about their two most recent works “Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture” and “Becoming An Image” and unpack the process, historical context and points of inspiration which inform these works. Additionally Cassils will discuss their new works in progress and share yet to be seen excerpts with the audience.

Recent exhibitions include: a solo show at Trinity Square Video, Toronto, a solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in NYC, screening at ICA, London, sold out performances at The National Theater Studio, London UK and a commission by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions for Pacific Standard Time. Cassils writings have been published in numerous books, including Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society and Commerce By Artists, edited by Art Metropole. Listed by the Huffington Post as one of 10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art and featured on the covers of multiple journals (TDR, Performance Research and College Art Association’s Art Journal),Cassils also received a MOTHA award (Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art) for Best Solo Show of (2013), The California Community Foundation Grant (2013), Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Fellowship (2014) and is a 2015 Creative Capital Grant recipient.

This event is co-sponsored by the UB Department of Art, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Queer Studies Research Workshop, The Pride Center of WNY, Gay & Lesbian Youth Services, and OUTLaw.  The event is free and open to the public.

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“Becoming An Image Performance Still No. 1” (Edgy Woman Festival, Montreal), 2013.
C-print face mounted on Plexiglass, 36X 24 inches; artworks © Heather Cassils. Photograph by the artist with Alejandro Santiago. Image courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

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“After,” 2014, 2,000-pound clay bash, remnant sculpture from the performance “Becoming an Image, Buddies in Bad Times,” Toronto, 2014. Artworks © Heather Cassils. Photograph by the artist with Alejandro Santiago. Image courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

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