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Laurence Myers Reese, 鏡と窓 (El espejo y la ventana), video, 2020


Look! It’s a present! Or, is it a UFO?

What survives in the desert?

This feeling is alien. It’s not part of my lived experience

Doesn’t nourishment and sweetness always come at a cost?

A mirage of closeness.

When did it arrive?

The illusion of a suburban fantasy, shaken when confronted with itself.

a mirror, a window

an escape, a return

the trauma of migration

the thrill of white heat

burning skin, bleaching bones

turning into inverse borders

just across the way, you were born

with no name but a cow's

engineered a slot machine to

give new chances.

The body keeps the score.

I don’t remember this being here.


Laurence Myers Reese works in performance, installation, painting, and video.

Laurence is a 2022 MFA candidate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His research investigates the use of the queer body and queer semiotics to navigate and disrupt cis-normative environments.

He is a co-founder of the Vegas Institute of Contemporary Engagement at UNLV, a research lab for art and experimentation.

He earned his BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History from the University of Oklahoma, Norman in 2012. He has worked as an independent curator, arts writer, non-profit administrator, factory worker, art instructor, and art gallery director. He recently co-curated The Other Side of Paradise at the Barrick Museum of Art (Las Vegas, NV), and his writing is regularly published in the quarterly Art Focus magazine.



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