Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects - Maskull Lasserre
Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre extracts the most delicate anatomical forms of animals and humans from common everyday objects like picture frame, hanger or a bed corner.
Born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, he has lived in South Africa and Ottawa and now lives in Montreal. Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.
Kapala - vessel made from a human skull used for ritual purposes in both Hindu and Buddhist tantra in. In Tibet, they are often richly decorated with gold, silver and precious stones.
Tantric ceremonies bowl of skulls filled with wine, symbolizing the blood, and were brought deities. In Buddhist temples Kapali are usually covered with a bronze stand and bronze.
What you do is write letters to yourself. Literally. ‘Dear David, my name is Timothy Cavendish, I’m in my sixties, we’ve met once before few years ago when you wrote Ghostwritten. Person I love most in the world is this. What I’m afraid most of in the world is this. What I think about god, money, sex, work is this, this, this and this.’ You cover about twenty basis and you use their language. Not my language because they’re writing a letter to me. Do that two or three times and they’re kind of real enough to then stand on their own feet and talk. That’s it.
Basis? That’s got to be a transcription error. Still: awesome.
A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar, just an abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight: it could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion. And the photos are awesome.