“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust.” Lawrence Krauss, Physicist
Galerie Protégé is pleased to present Star Skin, an exhibition of new works by Jesse Pasca. Pasca is a native New Yorker and currently the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Friends Seminary. He has worked extensively in arts education for the private and public schools systems, for Studio in a School, and as a museum educator at the MoMA and the Whitney Museum.
For Pasca’s exhibition at Galerie Protégé, Star Skin the work is about the universal connection of being human. The presence of poetry in every work coupled with Pasca’s style of drawing emphasizes this very notion. The title of the exhibition and the inclusion of stars is his key to us to make visible the notion that we all are made up of stardust and so our similarity of matter, matters. This underlying belief reveals that the people, musings, and landmarks of our lives are inextricably bound to one another. Pasca believes that we can potentially see a broader world with greater potential and perspective when we see ourselves within the same, “Star Skin.”
Pasca’s work has been talked about in the Brooklyn Rail, New York Magazine, and BOMB as well as many other publications. His work is seemingly “simple”, often with the use of materials associated with the classes he teaches. However his childlike elegance and masterful understanding of drawing shows his New York roots, growing up in the time of the Neo Expressionists. His style is the perfect lens to delve into the depths of our complicated systems as it is approachable and often cleverly masks the harsh realities and complexities of living and market dynamics. This builds on previous works where he interrogated the financial system in a whimsical way, highlighted in his acclaimed series’ Landscape of the Dow and my Heart as a Stock Market.