Laurent Craste (1968), ceramist and painter.
Of french origin, Laurent Craste has been living and working in Montreal for the past 22 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. 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.
The series of distorted vases actualizes the rage expressed in an earlier video depicting the artist in the process of digging. It also updates the strain inherent in any production requiring great skill: the portion of rejects brought to their ultimate point. A deliberately caused “accident” changes the appearance of the vases: soiled, covered with graffiti, trampled, cracked, nailed to the wall, subjected to the worst treatment, yet remaining recognizable. This violence is specifically that of the creator, since the absolute negation of the piece, smashing it to pieces, has not been “implemented”.