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Animal Footprint Shoes by Maskull Lasserre

Animal Footprint Shoes by Maskull Lasserre

June 22, 2012

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Christopher Jobson

Outliers is an ongoing project by artist Maskull Lasserre (previously here and here) where shoes are outfitted with specially carved rubber soles meant to mimic the footprints of moose, Kodiak bears, deer, rabbits and other animals. The shoes are then worn in the snow leaving the impression to unsuspecting passersby that wildlife has wandered into urban areas including Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, and New York. See much more on his website. (via…



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Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

Aug.20.14

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Christopher

Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches. For his latest body of work, artist Maskull Lasserre acquired a number of souvenir sculptures, the kind found in antique stores or craft fairs that have been mass-produced by anonymous artists, which he then used as a 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…



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

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

Jun.19.17

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Christopher

Schrodinger’s Wood. Ash tree trunk, chain hoist, gantry. 156 x 16 x 15 inches 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…



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

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

Jan.29.13

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Christopher

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…



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

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

Aug.22.15

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Christopher

…il Valiev; Shell’s priceless Grand Prix moment by Greenpeace Living With Jigsaw by Chris Capell; Teddy Has An Operation by Ze Frank; and Don’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…



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

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

Jun.28.16

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Christopher

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…



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

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

Aug.20.15

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Christopher

…an, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo. Banksy is also showing 10 artworks of his own. Dismaland features a cavalcade of artists featured here 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…



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A Skull of Books

A Skull of Books

Mar.25.12

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Christopher

…I just spotted this new work-in-progress by one of my favorite artists Maskull Lasserre (previously). Incarnate (Three Degrees of Certainty II) is nearly perfect rendering of a human skull from a thick stack of outdated computer manuals. Looking at these particular titles I can’t help but think these books have been called to a much higher purpose….