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VAC presents Artist Talk with Lead Pencil Studio

Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio

Lead Pencil Studio, comprised of Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, are the Spring 2013 Vaulted Gallery Artists-in-Residence at the Visual Arts Center. This artist talk will concern their past projects, as well as their exhibition on view at the VAC, Diffuse Reflection Lab.

Seattle-based Han and Mihalyo have been working together as Lead Pencil Studio since 1997. Han and Mihalyo met while pursuing advanced degrees in architecture from the University of Oregon in the early 1990s. They received the Van Alen Institute’s New York Prize in 2010, the Founder’s Rome Prize for Architecture in 2007–2008, and the New York Emerging Voice Award in 2006. Their past residencies include Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Lead Pencil Studio’s work has most recently been exhibited at Mass Art, Pulse NY Special Projects, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Exploratorium Museum, and the American Academy in Rome.

In Diffuse Reflection Lab, Lead Pencil Studio will create a structure comprised of nooks, dioramas, tableaus, corridors, and vortexes that the viewer may use as a space for personal reflection. Constructed primarily of salvaged materials and installed in the VAC’s Vaulted Gallery, the two-story structure’s interior will employ reflective materials commonly used in industry and commerce. The piece will explore the impact of diffuse reflection and interreflection on perception, as experienced in manmade structures and employed in popular culture. Taking the approach of single-subject journals such as Cabinet Magazine, Diffuse Reflection Lab will address the topic of reflection through multiple disciplines and a host of perspectives in an effort to expand dialogue around a matter rarely considered.