Maskull Lasserre: Pendulum

Rachel Anne Farquharson

McClure Gallery
80 pp 72 col. ill. 9.5 x 8.5 in softcover
$24.95 Can. $26.95 U.S.
March 2015

MaskullLasserre.jpgspacer.gifMaskull Lasserre’s sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through associations of risk and seduction. Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into his works, which induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected. Lasserre says that his work is shaped by the objects he encounters, and that his work can therefore be viewed as “art by accident rather than by intent.” He conceives and constructs objects as physical thought-experiments, mechanical meditations, and as instruments for the shaping of thought processes. His work is the product of a query or conundrum that he attempts to resolve through its translation from mind into matter. He recognizes the kinship that his approach to art shares with that of research science, which also clarifies and postulates through models, and develops through manipulations of the material world. Lasserre’s work is subtly autobiographical. From his childhood in Africa, to experience as a musician, boxer, and war artist, he conflates, with uncomfortable elegance, things which should not ordinarily coexist: war and art, and the lyrical and the macabre. This is the first monograph dedicated to Lasserre's practice. In English and French.

Maskull Lasserre was born in Canada in 1978 and spent his early childhood in South Africa before returning to live in Canada. He has exhibited internationally, notably at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Museum Villa Rot in Germany. He has held visiting artist positions at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and at the California College of the Arts, and was a participant in the Canadian Forces War Artist Program in Afghanistan. His work appears on Canadian coinage, and is represented in both private and public collections including those of the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, and the Government of Canada. Maskull Lasserre lives and works in Montreal.

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