Maskull Lasserre is the current artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute – the fourth artist to hold the position.
Lasserre comes to the Broad via Canada, where his work is represented in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Government of Canada, and the Royal Bank, amongst others. His drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through associations of risk and seduction. Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into his works, which induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.
Lasserre says that his work is shaped by the objects he encounters, and that his work can therefore be be viewed as “art by accident rather than by intent.” He conceives and constructs objects as physical thought-experiments, mechanical meditations, and as instruments for the shaping of thought processes. His work is the product of a query or conundrum that he attempts to resolve through its translation from mind into matter. He recognizes the kinship that his approach to art shares with that of research science, which also clarifies and postulates through models, and develops through manipulations of the material world. Lasserre expects to explore this parallel during his residency at the Broad, and to allow his experiences at the institute to shape his work.
Lasserre was born in 1978 and spent his early childhood in South Africa before returning with his family to Canada. He holds a BFA in visual art and philosophy from Mount Allision University (New Brunswick, Canada), and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec). In addition to installations in Canada, his work has also been exhibited across the United States and Europe in such venues as the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the GRASSI Museum in Germany. Lasserre is also a recent participant in the Canadian Forces War Artist Program in Afghanistan.
Learn more about Maskull and his work on his website.Last updated date: May 2014