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Etched in Light

Saturday, August 12, 2023
2:30PM—2:30PM EDT
The Beach at Fishermans Path
Fire Island Pines, NY
The theater for this work is beach at Fisherman’s Path on historic Fire Island. A loving and joyful intervention into a historically cis, gay male, environment, E/D is performed on a 20X20 foot piece of muslin that is coated cyanotype solution. This nontoxic, safe, early photographic innovation is sensitive to UV light and Cassils uses the sun to expose, the ocean to develop and the wind to dry one of the world’s largest cyanotypes.

Cassils is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances.

Cassils’s art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils’s work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment.

Cassils has had recent solo exhibitions at HOME Manchester, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC; Institute for Contemporary Art, AU; Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts; Bemis Center, Omaha; MU Eindhoven, Netherlands.

They are the recipient of the National Creation Fund, a 2020 Fleck Residency from the Banff Center for the Arts, a Princeton Lewis Artist Fellowship finalist, a Villa Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, a United States Artist Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Award.

Cassils is an Associate Professor in Sculpture and Integrated Practices at Pratt Institute.