Laurent Craste

Laurent Craste research focuses on conceptual explorations of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative collectibles, in their sociological and historical dimensions, and also in their ideological and aesthetics ones. This approach takes its form in the re-appropriation of historical ceramic archetypes. Considered as instruments of political power, ideological vehicles, demonstrations of ostentatious luxury and economic power, but also as incarnations of emotions and experiences, the historical archetypes of decorative arts consummately provide his work with useful material.

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Therefore, Craste regards the inventory of original models from the main 18th and 19th century European porcelain manufacturers and uses these models as a basis for research on the status of the collectibles, by subjecting them to a practice of deconstruction and violent alteration of their formal structures, or by contaminating their traditional decorations through a subversive process of subject substitution. These formal and iconographic corruptions, as they reassess the historical, social, political and aesthetic values of the decorative object, also reveal an intense and ambiguous relationship with it.

Of French origin, Laurent Craste has been living and working in Montreal for the past 25 years. Trained ceramists, he holds a master’s degree in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. He has participated in more than 60 collective exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia and also presented fifteen solo exhibitions notably at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery (ON), the Art Gallery of Burlington (ON), the Peter’s Project (NM, É.-U.), the Museum of Moving Image (NY, É.-U.) as well as the Cité de la mode et du design (Paris, FR). During his career, Craste received several awards and honours among which the Jean-Marie Gauvreau Award (2016) and the prestigious Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists (2002).

His work is included in a number of public and private collections such as:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée La Piscine – musée d’art et d’industrie André-Diligent
Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec
Art Gallery of Burlington
Musée Bertrand
Global Affairs Canada
Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Cirque du Soleil
Majudia Collection
The City of Montreal
Tourisme Montréal

Private collections in Canada, U.S and Europe.

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