Maskull Lasserre’s featured artworks look like they hardly left his studio. They are exhibited still in woodwork rigor – tightly clamped in vice, one resting on a common wood stand, both stately representations of human skull and of spine and ribcage despite the discernable inflictions by angle grinder and router. The shock and awe moment is that the sculptures were carved from stacks of newspaper and tomes of software manuals, respectively.
Lasserre, on how he does it: “Everything comes from sort of the relationships that get formed here, you know. There’s this constant recycling of early generation sculptures with things I find with tools and equipment and processes, and they all get tumbled around. This is sort of the generative part. It’s the exciting moment for me, as always in the studio, when I have no real agenda or anything, and I just come in here and explore and experiment… it’s play. There’s a great deal of play in what I do. And it’s always the things that I enjoy the most that end up being the most successful… I think. That’s something that I’ve learned.”
Maskull Lasserre was born in Canada in 1978, and spent his early childhood in South Africa. He has a BFA from Mount Allison University (Visual Art and Philosophy), and an MFA from Concordia University (Sculpture). He is represented in the collections of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, and Government of Canada amongst others. He has exhibited across Canada, in the United States and in Europe, including at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the GRASSI Museum in Germany. He is also a recent participant in the Canadian Forces War Artist Program in Afghanistan.