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Maskull Lasserre Pendulum

March 6 to 28, 2015
Vernissage : Thursday March 5 at 6 pm

Artist’s Talk: Thursday March 12 at 7 pm

The McClure Gallery is pleased to present their first exhibition of artist Maskull Lasserre’s sculpture. Pendulum features new work that continues to develop themes that have characterized the artist’s oeuvre over the last 10 years. The exhibition is accompanied by an 80 page catalogue, including over 40 works and a text by writer Rachel Anne Farquharson.

Lasserre’s sculptural forms are precisely crafted and beautifully engineered. Ironically, such meticulousness serves to undermine certainty. A chair, piano, grenade, and fallen tree bow are all finely wrought to take on new identities. Slippage between form and meaning renders much of what we know tenuous, and certainty – impossible. Categorization and conclusion are exchanged for an experience that is at once haptic, aesthetic, and deeply ambiguous.

Lasserre’s work is subtly autobiographical. From his childhood in Africa, to experience as a musician, boxer, and war artist in Afghanistan, he conflates, with uncomfortable elegance, things which should not ordinarily coexist: war and art, the lyrical and the macabre, a speed bag and the deep sonorous notes of the piano. Yet the trespassing of such boundaries both belies the work’s allure and ignites it. Lasserre’s is an understanding that announces depth of perception, humility of being, and a respect for the materials that abide his handiwork. There is a gravity and accountability here, and true relevance can be found among his hewn objects.

Maskull Lasserre was born in 1978. He holds a BFA in Visual Art and Philosophy from Mount Allison University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Concordia University. Lasserre has exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the Museum Villa Rot in Germany. He has held visiting artist positions with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and at the California College of the Arts. 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.

MaskullLasserre_CoverPendulum – Maskull Lasserre

80 pages (72 color reproductions)
french / english
ISBN : 978 – 1926492-03-2
McClure Gallery, 2015
available: McClure Gallery
24,95 $ + tx