Looking Back, Moving Forward – Reflecting on the Maskull Lasserre Exhibition
IMMOVABLE OBJECTS, UNSTOPPABLE FORCE
January 12, 2018 – April 8, 2018
Held with special thanks to Arsenal
Artist Maskull Lasserre used this show to blur the lines between gallery space, artist’s tools, and the artwork itself. His tools were part of the sculptures themselves. This need to display the tools used in his artistic process informed the ideas that lie beneath the surface of the work. By blurring the usual lines between the creation of the artwork and everything else, we can gain a unique insight to the infinite number of possible meanings behind the work displayed.
“I never make anything that I readily understand. My work is designed to project me beyond the comfort of what I already know. This approach demands that I grow through the challenge of each piece, to be delivered at the feet of the next.” – Maskull Lasserre
About the Artist
Maskull Lasserre (born Calgary, 1978) spent his formative years in South Africa before returning to Canada. He holds a BFA in Visual Art and Philosophy from Mount Allison University (NB), and an MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University (QC). Maskull’s work has been exhibited at Banksy’s Dismaland, and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. He has held visiting artist positions at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, at Kohler Art/Industry and with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. His work appears on Canadian numismatic coinage and is represented in collections in Canada, the US and Europe, including those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Quebec, and the Canadian War Museum. He has completed several public art commissions, and taught sessionally at Concordia, York, and Emily Carr Universities, as well as at the California College of Art.
How does Maskull’s philosophy change the way you think about needing to ‘get’ art?
What types of contrasts are in his artworks?; heavy/light, hard/soft, etc
Do you think it’s exciting that an artist explores the meaning of the work while creating the work?
Looking at his pieces, how do some of them make you feel? What do they make you think about?