Star Skin

Star Skin


New works by Jesse Pasca


May 23rd 2013 - June 20th 2013


Opening Reception: May 23rd 6-9 pm           


 “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.

microwave six

microwave, six

Kamrooz Aram, Ernesto Caivano, Graham Dolphin, Jacob Dyrenforth, Stephen Eichhorn, Alexandra Grant, Jim Hodges, Károly Keserü, Brian Lund, Rivane Neuenschwander, Renato Orara, Jesse Pasca, Andrew Scott Ross, Casey Jex Smith, Dean Smith, Allyson Strafella, Phoebe Washburn

July 10 to September 13, 2008

Opening: Thursday July 10 from 6 to 8 PM

Josée Bienvenu gallery is pleased to present microwave, six, an exhibition of drawings by seventeen artists who set up various processes of fragmentation and erosion of information. Close attention is given to execution, a concentration on the production process itself. A microwave is useful everyday to cook fast, or once a year to look at slow drawings. Since 1999, the (almost) annual edition of microwave has been an opportunity to confirm the emergence of a new attitude. As an alternative to an inhospitable era, microwave identifies an international host of artists who commit to the obscene activity of paying attention. With intense focus, patience and precision, the artists in microwave document the relentless propagation of delicacy as a subversive attitude.

Ernesto Caivano, Dean Smith, Károly Keserü and Renato Orara bring drawing to an extreme, as a sort of “maximalism.” Through the endless weaving of minute components, they accumulate signals and vibrations impossible to detect without an extraordinary level of attention. Tones, hues, and shades combined with density, shapes, and intangible forms result in a grand yet subtle game, always remaining just a fragment of a whole. With obsessive attentiveness to detail, Jim Hodges, Stephen Eichhorn and Kamrooz Aram subvert the conventions of monumental practice, poetically linking evanescent moments in works of self-confident beauty.

The works in the exhibition touch upon the very fragile nature of communication and exchange. Allyson Strafella’s typewritten drawings on transfer paper, Alexandra Grant’s multilayered wordscapes or Rivane Neuenschwander’s Ze Carioca altered comic books, explore ways of recording, fragmenting and obliterating information to create new non-verbal narratives. Data manipulation is also at the core of Brian Lund’s graphic translations of film sequences and of Jesse Pasca’s charted drawings: Moore’s Law, My Heart as a Stock Market and How To Be Human, map the correlation between human activity and systems of scientific data.

Through minor operations on paper the artists in microwave disturb established systems of expectations. Jacob Dyrenforth’s pixilated pencil drawings of crowds at rock and roll concerts and Graham Dolphin’s scripted vinyl records disrupt and reprocess the clichéd aspirations of popular culture and the glamour industry. Growing up in Utah in the Mormon Church, Casey Jex Smith explores narratives in ancient scripture. Andrew Scott Ross’ Re-Collections inventory given museums. Randomly floating in space, artifacts are depicted in a constant curatorial drift, suspended from interpretation and hierarchy. Phoebe Washburn exposes generative systems based on absurd patterns of production. With their elaborate notations and coding, the un-monumental drawings are microcosms of her convoluted architectural environments.

My Heart as a Stock Market

MEHR Gallery is pleased to invite you to a project series presentation of JESSE PASCA's "My Heart as a Stock Market" drawings. Executed over a two-year period, each are performative, time-based correlations between the artist's rigorously mapped vicissitudes of heart and the concurrent market fluctuations in the DOW.

Full Exhibition List


Solo Exhibitions

"Star Skins", Galerie Protege, New York, N.Y. May - June, 2013

"Pages from History", John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY, August 2008

"My Heart as a Stock Market" Mehr Gallery, New York, NY, February -March 2008

Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York , NY: "Project Room" October 2001


"Invitation" New York, NY During 1998. Periodic performances working with the homeless, students, tourists and residents. Participants received disposable cameras to photograph as they wished. Retrieved cameras at assigned times and places.

"Hello My Name is Jesse" October 1996. Month long performance in New York City, wearing a sign: "Hello my name is Jesse, it's okay to talk to me."

"Sit Down and Shut Up" School of Visual Arts, New York, NY March 14th 1989 Materials: Trash, trash can, sponges, soap, mop bucket, towels, baseball mitt, ball, dish-rag, seed, two boards, hammer, nails, poem, and a clean change of clothes.

Group Exhibitions

Silas Marder Gallery, "Bad Jokes", October 13- November 18, 2012, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Creative Time, Gala 2012, May 4, 2012 Roseland Ballroom, NY, NY

Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY: Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order, March 21-April 29, 2012

Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY: Microwave Six, July 12- September 15

Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY : "Beautiful Male Objects" June 2004

Hayground School Art Benefit- Lizanne Topps Gallery, June 2003 and June 2004, at Hayground Great Chef's Dinner, 2005-2011

Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" March 2003

The Painting Center, "Repetition in Discourse" Curated by Phong Bui , New York, NY October 2001

Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York , NY: "Project Room" October 2001

Jamaica Center for the Arts: "Artexts", Jamaica, NY April - June 2001

D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY October 1999

City College of New York, New York, NY: "Artist as Teacher" November 1997

S.Cono, Brooklyn, NY: "Works on Paper" Curated by Chris Martin, March 1998

S.V.A. Visual Arts Gallery, Curated by Tobi Kahn, New York, NY Feb.-March 1992