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A Large Suspended Tree Trunk Carved Down to a Frayed Rope by Maskull Lasserre

June 19, 2017

Christopher Jobson

…ches If you had to summarize an all-encompassing theme to describe Maskull Lasserre’s artistic practice, the word would probably be tension. From the balance of life and death to the opposing forces of war and peace, the Candian artist explores tension not only metaphorically but physically as well. Case in point, his latest piece titled Schrodinger’s Wood carved from the trunk of an Ash tree that relies on the tree’s inner core to serve as a tang…

 

 



Art Food History

Salvador Dali’s Rare Surrealist Cookbook Republished for the First Time in over 40 Years

October 3, 2016

Christopher Jobson

…a originated in some of the top restaurants in Paris at the time including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu. Lest you think anything in the book might be remotely healthy, it offers a cautionary disclaimer at the outset: We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic…

 

 



Art Music

An Antique Piano Cut in Half, Connected Only by a Wishbone

June 28, 2016

Christopher Jobson

We’ve long marveled at artist Maskull Lasserre‘s masterful ability to carve anatomical details into everyday objects. One of his recent sculptures, titled Improbable Worlds, is no exception. For this piece the Canadian artist split an old upright piano in two, slicing through every last component leaving only a single point of connection: a tiny wishbone carved from the wooden piano back. The visual tension created by the piece is astounding…

 

 



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A Peek Inside the Galleries and a Playlist of Short Films Showing at Banksy’s Dismaland

August 22, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…’t Hug Me I’m Scared #1 by Becky and Joe. Janus, 2015 (Courtesy of Maskull Lasserre) Damien Hirst Jimmy Cauty’s ADP installation / Photograph by Christopher Jobson for Colossal / Click for detail Embroidered cars by Severija Inčirauskaite-Kriaunevičiene / Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal Anatomical ceramics by Ronit Baranga Tattooed Porcelain Figures by Jessica Harrison / Top photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal Paco Pomet / Photo by C…

 

 



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Welcome to Dismaland: A First Look at Banksy’s New Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park

August 20, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…ere on Colossal over the last few years including pieces by Escif, Maskull Lasserre, Kate McDowell, Paco Pomet, Dietrich Wegner, Michael Beitz, Brock Davis, Ronit Baranga, and others. Here’s some text from the event’s official brochure: Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindle…

 

 



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Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

August 20, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…foundation for his own artwork. In a process he refers to as “re-carving,” Lasserre removed details from the artist’s original work to reveal intricate skeletal structures, a process we’ve marveled at numerous times over the last few years here on Colossal. If you happen to be in New York, the pieces are on view for two more days at Junior Projects as part of the Regular JOhn show curated by Jim Lee. You can see many more photos of each piece over…

 

 



Art

New Skeletons and Insects Carved from Common Inanimate Objects by Maskull Lasserre

January 29, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre (previously) recently completed a new body of work for an exhibition titled Fable at Centre Space gallery in Toronto that ran through January 19th. Lasserre is known for his incredible ability to carve anatomical forms of animals, people, insects and other forms out of inanimate objects such as doors, tables, pianos, and even instruments. In a two part interview with Liana Voia (part 1, part 2) the artist d…