Melting Pots II

LAURENT CRASTE

Laurent Craste

Of French origin, Laurent Craste has been living and working in Montreal for the past 23 years. His career has involved both a studio practice in contemporary ceramics and the teaching of ceramics at the college level.

In 2003, Laurent Craste received the prestigious Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists, awarded by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. He has been a regular exhibitor at Chicago’s Sculpture Objects and Functional art (SOFA) show and has also participated in the Biennale Nationale du Canada and the Biennale Internationale de Châteauroux in France. In 2005, he was a finalist in the Carouge international competition. His research project developed as part of his Masters in Fine Arts has been awarded the Bourse d’Excellence Universitaire de l’UQAM. In 2010, Laurent Craste presented a solo exhibition in New-York at the Pulse Art Show, as well as in the Toronto International Art Fair with the SAS Gallery. He also participated to the «Montreal Art Contemporary» of the Expo 2010 in Shangaï, China. He was invited in 2011 to display his work at the Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery in London, UK, as well as in the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery of Waterloo in Ontario. He has also exhibited in 2012 at the Aqua Art Fair in Miami and at the Massachusset College of Art and Design Gallery in Boston. In 2013, he had a solo exhibition of his works running for 10 months in the Lab Design of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He is currently preparing another solo exhibition for the Tom Thomson Gallery in Ontario for spring 2015.

His works are on display in many public and private collections such as the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Claridge collection, the Public collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, The Cirque du Soleil collection, the Musée de Châteauroux (France) and the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec permanent collections, the City of Montreal and the Loto-Quebec collections among others.

Parade

Parade is an interactive art installation born out of the collaboration between interaction design studio Dpt. and ceramic artist Laurent Craste.  Inside an imposing wooden cube, a suspended work lamp projects the shadows of two porcelain vases slumped on a pedestal. As soon as someone pushes the light, the shadows come to life as if by magic, moving to the rhythm of the swinging light. Much like shadow theatre, Parade presents the fantastic spectacle of the vase silhouettes which, in a tragicomic ballet, try to regain their original form, their past glory.

 

 

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Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert ,CA
2015 «Shards of Vanity», Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
2013 «Trans/pose/forme/figure», Montreal Museum of Fine Arts –Lab Design
«Laurent Craste», Division Gallery, Montreal
2012 «Iconocraste», Cirque du Soleil head office, Montreal
2010 Solo exhibition at the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) with the SAS gallery
Solo exhibition at the Pulse Art Fair in New-York city with the SAS gallery
2009 «Esthétique du saccage» («The Esthetics of Ransacking»), SAS gallery, Montreal.
2008 «Esthétique du saccage» («The Esthetics of Ransacking»), SAS gallery, Montreal.
2007

«Les Dievx dv Stade» («The Gods of the Stadium»), video intervention, Écomusée du Fier Monde, Montreal.
«Assiette de Christs» («Christs’ Plate»), video intervention, Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montreal. «J’aurais voulu être une Mauresque» video intervention, Musée du Château Dufresne, Montreal.

2004 «Amphora », Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
1999 «Les nouvelles consultations de la Pythie: oracles génétiques», (“The new consultations of the Pythie: genetic oracles”), Gallery of the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours, Montreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2018 Context Art Miami, Hohmann
2017 Art Palm Springs, Hohmann
2015 «Montreal Creative», ARTVstudio, Place des Arts, Montreal.
MTL@PARIS, Les docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris,
France
«Sensory Stories: An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences»,
Museum of the Moving Image, NewYork, USA.
2014 Chromatic Festival: Parade, interactive work created in
collaboration with Departement Studio, Chalet de la
Montagne, Montreal.
«Porcelain: breaking traditions», Division Gallery, Toronto (sur
invitation)
«Regards sur l’art contemporain» - selection of works from the
Cirque du Soleil collection; Villeray Saint Michel Parc Extension
Art Center, Montreal
«HAPPENING», Les docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design,
during the Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
2013 «Olga Antonova, Laurent Craste, Cheryl Pope: decoration/
destruction» - Main Gallery – Second Street Gallery,
Charlottesville, VA, USA
« Porcelain: Breaking Tradition», exhibition under the
management of the curator Anaïs Castro, ArtMûr
Gallery, Montreal.
Pulse Art Miami, with the Division Gallery
2012 «Earth & Alchemy», Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusset
College of Art and Design, Boston, USA
Art Toronto with the SAS gallery; Scope Art Show New-York
with the SAS gallery
«La céramique dans tous ses états», Centre d’exposition du
Vieux Presbytère, Saint-Bruno-deMontarville, Québec.
Aqua Art Miami with the SAS gallery
2011 «Stilleven», Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, London,
United-Kingdom.
«Terra Nova: Canadian ‘Ground-Breakers’ in Ceramic Art».
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Aqua Art Miami with the SAS gallery
Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) with the SAS gallery
«La représentation», exhibition under the management of the
curator Luc Delavigne, Haut-Richelieu Museum, Saint-Jeansur-
Richelieu, Quebec.
«10 Artists /10 Years: Surveying work by Winifred Shantz
Award for Ceramics Recipients».
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
2010 «Montreal Art Contemporary» - Expo 2010 Shangaï, China.
Selection by Marie Fraser, director of the Montreal Contempo
rary Art Museum and Stéphane Aquin, curator of contempo
rary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
«Hantise», exhibition under the management of the curator
Ève de Garie-Lamanque, Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: presentation of two video
installations during the Nuit Blanche Festival
2009 «Ton souffle qui passe» (“Your breath that passes through”)
Art Souterrain, site-specific video intervention as part of the
Nuit Blanche Festival, Montreal.
«Unity and diversity», Cheongju International Craft Biennale,
Korea.
SOFA – Chicago, USA, with the CREA Gallery.
2008 «Espaces (habitables et inhabitables) RAKU». Centre de
Céramique Bonsecours, Montreal.
«Muse textile», exhibition under the management of the
curator Denis Longchamps. Centre des textiles contemporains
de Montréal
«Le classicisme revisité» - Gallery of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal.
2007 « Refuge », public intervention by the Collectif Art-Terre,
Montreal.
« Rencontres céramiques - Ceramics Encounters –
Winpeg-Montréal», «Musée des maîtres et artisans du
Québec», Montreal. Exhibition under the management of the
curator Denis Longchamps.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, USA.
2006 SOFA – Chicago – USA, with the CREA Gallery.
«Les journées de la Céramique», Saint-Sulpice square, Paris,
France.
«L’Idée du Blanc», exhibition by the Art-Terre collective, Gallery
of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal.
2005 SOFA – Chicago – USA, with the CREA Gallery.
«Virtuose», exhibition under the management of the curator
Louise Lemieux-Bérubé, Salon des Métiers d’Art, Montreal.
«Le language du bol», Gallery of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal, Quebec
2004 SOFA – Chicago - USA, with the CREA Gallery.
« Raku – Espace – Feu », Gallery of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal, Quebec.
«Coexistence», Galerie du Conseil des Métiers d’Art (Quebec
Craft Council Gallery), Montreal.
«Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise», Conference Centre
of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie of La Villette, Paris,
France.
2003 «Genius Loci», Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo,
Ontario.
«Pulsion», Gallery of the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours,
Montreal.
«The Colour of Power», Galerie du Conseil des Métiers d’Art
(Quebec Craft Council Gallery), Montreal.
2002 ‘’Biennale Nationale de Céramique / National Biennial of
Ceramics: Autoportrait’’; Galerie du Parc,
Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery,
Waterloo, Ontario.
November 2002 / January 2004: «Caractères»; presented in
seven arts centres in Montreal.
«20 years of presence and passion», Gallery of the Centre de
Céramique Bonsecours, Montreal.
«Collection», Gallery of the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours,
Montreal.
«Prix François Houdé en France», Arts Center of Brouage,
Jonzac and La Rochelle, France.
2001 “At Present”, Queen’s Gallery and Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC,
USA.
“À Présent”, ”, Musée du Haut-Richelieu, Saint-Jean-sur-
Richelieu, Quebec.
‘’ Entre deux rives’’; Arts Center of Brouage, Jonzac and La
Rochelle, France.
“8 ceramists, 8 teachers”, Gallery of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal.
2000 “Plural Readings”; Shwayder Gallery, as part of the National
Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
(NCECA), Denver, Colorado, USA.
“Lectures Plurielles”, Haut-Richelieu Museum, Saint-Jean-sur-
Richelieu, Quebec.
“One of a Kind” exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
1999 Salon des Métiers d’Art, Montreal.
1001 pots exhibition, Val David, Quebec
1998 Salon des Métiers d’Art, Montreal. 1001 pots exhibition, 10th
anniversary, Val-David, Quebec.
“Références”, sculpture exhibition, Gallery of the Centre de
Céramique Bonsecours, Montreal.
Teapots exhibition, Gallery of the Centre de Céramique
Bonsecours, Montreal
1997 Salon des Métiers d’Art, Montreal. 1001 pots exhibition,
Val-David, Quebec.
Gallery of the Centre de Céramique Bonsecours, Montreal
(graduation exhibition).
1996 Fra Angelico Gallery, Montreal.1994: Christine-Marie Gallery,
Montreal