Public Lecture by Assistant Professor Carmela Laganse
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.
The New Space – TSH 114
Carmela Laganse was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With her BFA from the University of Manitoba and her MFA from Ohio University, Carmela has worked and taught in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Carmela has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at McMaster University.
Laganse has exhibited nationally and internationally with her most recent exhibitions at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Saskatchewan), Nuova Icona Contemporary Art (Italy), as well as group shows at the Redux Contemporary Art Center in South Carolina, and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
“If you stare long enough at anything, you will start to find similarities. The word “coincidence” exists in order to stop people from seeing meaning where none exists.” ― Chuck Klosterman, Eating the Dinosaur
The perception of real experience, fantasy, and play are my ongoing interests — more particularly the intersection of: meanings garnered from pop culture, familiar objects, hierarchy, language, and haptic/physical experience.
I enjoy unearthing the connectedness among the seemingly incongruous and playful intellectual processes. My work disrupts visual tropes, creates and explores odd relationships, and subtly satirizes underlying ideologies that exist in our objects, environments, material and visual cultures.
I often build interactive objects, and portable, modular environments that playfully encourage and integrate physical, emotional, intellectual, and ritualistic processes.