May 15th 2016

Inspired by the writings of Junot Diaz, Sandra Cisneros, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, modes of access artist Victor Yañez ­Lazcano often begins formulating his ideas by creating a series of short vignettes. For this workshop, Yañez­ Lazcano will share examples that have helped push his practice in particular the works on view in the current ACRE exhibition. Participants will then create their own vignettes.

Though he primarily identifies as a photographer, Victor Yañez-Lazcano’s multidisciplinary practice bridges an array of media: sculpture, performance, and sound, all constantly informing one another. His current work manifests from deep reflection on family history and identity, as both pieces exhibited at ACRE make clear. With To Measure, quotidian materials, such as a tablecloth and linoleum, become surfaces on which witty meditations on cultural difference unfold. In Yañez-Lazcano’s Coconut, objects furthermore function as personal markers of achievement and acceptance.

Yañez-Lazcano received a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and has since balanced a freelance career in both commercial and fine art photography. In this time, he has also established himself within the community as an arts educator, primarily working in the South side neighborhood of Pilsen. His work has been exhibited at numerous spaces in and around Chicago, including Citlalin Gallery, Harrington College of Design, Columbia College Chicago’s A+D Gallery, and Riverside Arts Center, as well as Mind/Matter Gallery (Rochester), Aviary Gallery (Boston), and South Haven Center for the Arts. Past residencies include Industry of the Ordinary, ACRE, and Ox-Bow. Yañez-Lazcano lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

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