Peter La Bier

Alumnus Peter LaBier ’03 has described his work as assemblage, as “a body of flotsam and jetsam,” “the disjointed refuse of our material culture.” Even his single-medium paintings give the illusion of collage and multiple strata.

After studying studio art at Vassar and Columbia, LaBier continued to merge the timeless and timely, the mundane and the legendary, in his visual art. His art thrums with life, featuring human anatomy as well as religious and cultural iconography—all charged images, he hopes, loaded with meaning for the viewer and society. He also went on to stage dance performances and start the band Psychobuildings, a project founded on the sights and sounds of dance. Through performative art and Psychobuildings, the characteristic liveliness of canvas and paper found a home in choreography and music.