Chris Laskey Glass Artist
Contact Chris Laskey 203-297 Queens Ave. Oakville, ON L6H 2B4 firstname.lastname@example.org (289) 813-0683
Bio Chris Laskey is originally from Southern Ontario and is now a 3rd year student in Sheridanâ€™s craft and design in glass program. He has a diploma of technology in electrical/electronic engineering, and a B.A and an M.A in communication studies. For a dozen years he was employed as a communications technologist in the oil and gas industry and as a broadcast technologist in the television industry. His last employer was CHCA-Red Deer, Alberta, and they closed their doors due to the economic down turn. Losing his job freed Chris to follow a lifelong passion for art. Using the problem solving and planning skills developed in his previous career, and the understanding of human communication acquired from his university education, Chris likes to use his art to explore the duality of meanings. He uses minimal forms to deliver an inkling of an idea so the viewer is free to form their own personal understanding. Chris is interested in moments of transformation, when a thing becomes something else, or passes from real to unreal. He wants the viewer to say "what is happening?", "what just happened?", and decide for themselves what comes next. Chris hopes to open his own shop after he graduates from Sheridan and spend his days making ideas come alive. Chris can be reached at email@example.com.
Artist Statement I marvel at almost everything, like a child that was raised by bears in the woods and is now set free in the city. I have dyslexia, and it has made learning a challenge, but I have used my hard won education to become what I want to be (only a bit slower than everyone else). I became an engineer and I found out I could understand how things work. I got a B.A. and an M.A. in communication studies, and I found out how people communicate. What I learned about myself is that a) Iâ€™ve always wanted to make things, and b) Iâ€™m only really interested in things I donâ€™t understand. Becoming a glass artist is what has finally allowed me to have ideas everyday and then make them real. I have always gravitated toward a dramaturgical perspective where we can gain understanding by looking at things as if they are actors on a stage telling a story. There is a real tendency for me as an artist to create pieces that tell you a story. The thing I find most challenging is telling my story without hitting the viewer over the head with it. It is important to me for the viewer to take away a personal experience of my work. You are going to do that anyway, it is human nature, but I think it is probably better if I help instead of hinder you. I prefer to use minimal forms to deliver an inkling of an idea so that the viewer is free to form their own personal understanding. I use process to constrain myself to minimal forms. If I am sculpting in the hot shop, I use only a few simple tools, and keep my forming of the object, largely, to the original heat from the furnace. If I am in the cold shop I will do the bulk of my sculpting with one tool, the diamond saw. When I am kiln casting I will mostly use just my hands to form the clay positive. I strive to use simplicity of process and parsimony of design to achieve the bounding principles of Occam's razor in my work. More is not better, unless less is not enough. I am interested in moments of transformation, when a thing becomes something else, or passes from real to unreal. These moments happen more in our day-to-day lives than we normally notice. I show people the ones I notice. I want the viewer to say "what is happening?", "what just happened?", and decide for themselves what comes next.
(2012) Hot sculpted and sandblasted. 19 cm H X 15 cm L x 10 cm W
(2012) Blown and hot sculpted Glass.
39 cm H X 15 cm Ă˜
Figure #16 and #18
(2012) Hot sculpted glass and hot rolled steel angle stock 36 cm H X 33 cm W X 16 cm D
(2012) Hot sculpted glass and sheet glass 32 cm H X 13 cm W X 6 cm D
Figure #21 and #22
(2012) Hot sculpted glass and hot rolled steel bar stock 50 cm H X 26 cm W X 16 cm D
Figure #4 and #5
(2012) Hot sculpted glass and Wodden Jenga blocks
25 cm H X 25 cm W X 15 cm D
Curriculum Vitae Education 2010-Present Crafts and Design: Glass Program, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario 1991-1998 B.A and M.A in Communication Studies, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 1987-1990 Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario
Exhibitions 2013 Glass: Inside Out, Sheridan College Gallery 2012 International Student Exhibition, Glass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference, Toledo, Ohio 2012 Glass: Inside Out, Sheridan College Gallery 2011 Glass: Inside Out, Sheridan College Gallery 2011 Glass Under Glass, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario
Competitions Won 2011 Design and Construction of the 2011 Oakville Community Spirit award. Town of Oakville, Oakville, Ontario
Collaborations 2013 SHED Project: Collaborative lighting design project. Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario 2011 Team Member of â€œAurora Borealisâ€? permanent glass installation, Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus, Mississauga, Ontario
Memberships 2012-Present Glass Art Society 2010-Present Glass Art Association of Canada 2010-Present Ontario Craft Council
Chris Laskey's Portfolio