Fabienne Lasserre

 ( 1975, Ottawa, CANADA)

Born Ottawa

Lives and works in Brooklyn

Lasserre works with suspended fragments to create sculptures that evoke feelings of discomfort and playfulness. Materiality is of primary concern: the artist uses wool, linen, felt, paper and paint to achieve a monumental yet complex surface. No firm resolution or conclusion is achieved, leaving the works suspended in a transient moment or state. Bandages, patches and bulbs suggest a type of weakness or imperfection-but one that is achieved out of a mastery of balance. Strange outcomes are made possible through material transformation and awkward shapes. Their elegance, detail and color never cease to surprise the viewer.

Lasserre holds a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and an MA in Visual Arts from Columbia University (New York). She has exhibited widely in the United States and Canada, including solo exhibtions in New York, Miami, as well as in Toronto, Montreal and Québec City. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Oaxaca, Mexico, Santiago, Chile, Berlin and Kassel, Germany and London, England. Recently, her work was included in the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Lasserre has participated in artist residencies such as those from the Vermont Studio Center and Dieu Donné (New York) and has recieved prestigious grants from namely the Canada Council of for the Arts. In 2013, her work was presented in the 43rd National Salon of Artists in Medellin, Columbia as well as in the group exhibition Outside the Lines at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston. Her recent works were shown in a group and solo show in Brooklyn and New York respectively during the year 2013. In 2015 the artist presented Les Approches, her first solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry. She currently teaches in the Painting Departement at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore).

EDUCATION


2002-2004 MFA, Visual Arts, Columbia University
1999-2000 Institut de Création Artistique et de Recherche en Infographie, Montreal; digital animation
1996-1997 Akademie Vytvarnych Umeni v Praze, Prague; Interdisciplinary Arts with Milan Knizak (Fluxus)
1995-1996 Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City
1992-1996 BFA, Concordia University, Montreal

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Feed the Meter, Wandhaff
September 23 - December 16, 2017


Solo and two-person exhibitions

2016
Fabienne Lasserre and Annette Wehrhahn, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2015
Les approaches, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada

2013
Here Like a Story Like a Picture and a Mirror, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, USA

2012
The Us and the It, Gallery Diet, Miami, USA
City of Seals, Kris Benedict and Fabienne Lasserre, David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis, USA

2011
For the Partner, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, USA

2010
What is Found There, Gallery Diet, Miami, USA
Foreign Object: Yui Kugimaya and Fabienne Lasserre, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, USA
Hace Mucho que No Te Veo, Christy Gast and Fabienne Lasserre, Espacio Matacuna 100, Santiago, Chile

2008
The Split Wall, Hilary Harnishfeger and Fabienne Lasserre, South First Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2006
Others, Virgil de Voldère Gallery, New York, USA

2003
Metamorphoses and More, Luft Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Les Métamorphoses, Galerie Clark, Montreal, Canada

2002
Some Confused Creatures, Luft Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2000
Dragons et dragonnes, La Centrale, Montreal, Canada
La caverne II, Bishops' University Art Gallery, Lennoxville, Canada

1999
La caverne, Articule, Montreal, Canada
Mambo, Le lieu, centre en art actuel, Québec, Canada

Group Shows

2017
Will Duty, Cody Hoyt, Fabienne Lasserre, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, USA

2015
Around Flat, Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, USA
Drawing for Sculpture, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, USA
Broken Colours, Nicholas Methivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
C.Ar.D in città, Palazzo Costa Trettenero, Piacenza, Italy

2014
We Should Speak To Each Other the Cloud and I, Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, USA
Happy Not Sappy, VisArts Gallery, Rockville, USA
The Rhythm that Laughs You, curated by Javier Sanchez, Flux Factory, Queens, USA
C.Ar.D, Pianello Val Tidone, Italy
Hearts Gymnastics, Outpost, New York, USA
Beyond the End, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
Brucennial, New York, USA
The Body Metonymic, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, USA
Mandala: Locus of Thought, Tibet House, USA

2013
Building Materials, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA
Workspace Program 2013 Exhibit, Dieu Donné, USA
The Beauty of Friends Coming Together I, curated by Phong Bui, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, USA
Outside the Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, USA
Saber Desconocer, curated by Mariangela Mendez Prencke, Florencia Malbran,43 Salon (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Colombia
Summer in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
Palm Reader, curated by Sean Gertsley, So What Space, Brooklyn, USA

2012
Building Material, curated by Lucas Blalock, Control Room, Los Angeles, USA
Finite Infinity, curated by Diana Buckley and Irena Jurek, Greenwich House, New York, USA
Primary, curated by Jamillah James, Nudashank, Baltimore, USA
Three Points Determine A Circle, Lucas Blalock, Jim Hyde, Fabienne Lasserre, Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, USA
Leave It To Beavers, Gallery Diet, Miami, USA
Pitch: Lonnie Holley, Fabienne Lasserre, Halsey Rodman, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, USA
Tops, Open Space, LIC, USA
Make Up on Empty Space, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, USA
Cheat Chains and Telephone, Kansas Gallery, New York, USA

2011
La triennale québécoise, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Hard Poems in Space, Nektar de Stagni & Gallery Diet, Miami, USA
Becoming Something Found, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2010
Come Through, Sikkema Jenkins & co., New York, USA
Parts and Labor, Soloway, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Fell In Beside, Philly-Fringe, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Dean, Lasserre, Smith, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Weaving In and Out, No Longer Empty Projects, East Harlem, New York, USA
Word-less, curated by Felicity Hogan, Elizabeth Arts Foundation, New York, USA
All This and Not Ordinary, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, USA
Redi-mix, curated by James Hyde, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, USA
Housebroken, Flux Factory, Long Island City, USA
In a Shadow Box, Crystal Ball Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009
3 obras, Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico
Party at Chris's House, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, USA
Structured Simplicity, Dumbo Art Center, New York, USA
Trance, Chance, Dreams & The Unconscious, South First Gallery, New York, USA
Turn On, Slag Gallery, New York, USA
Arctic Book Club, Elizabeth Arts Foundation, New York, USA

2008
Hair Follies, Fofa Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Paperworks, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York
Once Upon a Time, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, USA
The Grey House That Thinks Itself Into Your Head Without Asking, organized by Jessica Dickinson, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, USA

2007
Welcome to my World, curated by Matthew Day Jackson and Amy Davila, Alexandre Pollazzon Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Line of Time, the Plane of Now, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, USA
L.I.C., NYC, (with Flux Factory), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, USA
Grizzly Project, Flux Factory, Long Island City, USA

2006
Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, USA
3rd Gongju International Art Festival: "The Original Nature of Human", Limlip Art Museum, Korea
Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA
Possibly Being, Fabienne Lasserre, Will Villalongo, Larry Bamburg, Esso Gallery, New York, USA
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, USA

2005
Performa05- Performa Radio, curated by Anthony Huberman, USA
The Muster, a project by Allison Smith, in collaboration with Anna Craycroft, Governor's Island, USA

2004
Strange Animal, organized by Giovanni Jance and Andrea Zittel, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
Free Radio HDTS, in collaboration with Christy Gast at High Desert Test Sites #4, Joshua Tree, California, USA

2003
Monster Tree, performance in collaboration with Christy Gast at High Desert Test Sites #2, Joshua Tree, California, USA
One Enemy vs. 25 Millions of Friends, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kassel, Germany

2002
XXX Testimonial, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

2001
Projet Projo, MAI centre, Montréal, Canada

2000
Prêts d'œuvres, Musée du Québec, Québec city, Canada

1999
L'état des sexes, MAI centre, Montréal, Canada
Love-Horror, La Centrale, Montréal, Canada

1998
Points, lignes, surfaces, 20 ans, Belgo building, # 516, Montreal, Canada

1997
Artichaud, Maison de la Culture du Plateau Mt-Royal, Montréal, Canada

1996
Art ménager, Maison de la culture du Plateau Mt-Royal, Montréal, Canada
No soy fotografo, part of Foto Septiembre, Espacio Alternativo La Panadería, Mexico city, Mexico
2015


Charron, Marie-Eve, "Apprivoiser l'autre", Le Devoir, November 21
Wesley, Susannah, "Fabienne Lasserre at Parisian Laundry", Akimbo, November 19
Campanini, Christiana, "Piacenza barocca si veste di Pop", La Repubblica, June 6

2014


Hurst, Howard, "Gutsy Artists: Outpost's Heart Gymnastics" Hyperallergic, June 3

2013


Micchelli, Thomas, "Tough, Raw and Paradoxical: Fabienne Lasserre's New Sculpture", Hyperallergic, November 16

2012


Johnson, Paddy, "There's No Place Like Kansas" , The L Magazine, February
Bock, Anja, "The Work Ahead of Us : The Quebec Triennial", Art Papers, Jan-Feb

2011


Wiley, Chris, "Fabienne Lasserre" Critic's Pick, ArtForum.com, April
Hébert,Bernar,La triennale québecoise, documentary, Claire Obscura productions
Fisher, Matt, "Either/And, Fabienne Lasserre's Convivial Creatures" Artlog.com Magazine, April 22

2010


O'Neill-Butler, Lauren, "Come Through", Critic's Pick, ArtForum.com, September
triennale Levy, Michelle, "Uncertainty Sets the Stage", ArtSlantNY, September 19
Thelander, Emmy, "Report from Brooklyn: Regina Rex Gallery", the artblog, August
Truax, Stephen, "The Curatorial Knife: Artist Collective Regina Rex", BushwickBK.com, July 20th
Suarez De Jesus, Carlos, "Start a Diet", Miami New Times, July

2009


Tripp, Benjamin, "Structured Simplicity", Brooklyn Rail.org, September
Wilson, Michael, "Structured Simplicity", Critic's Pick, ArtForum.com, July

2008


"5th Annual New Prints Review", Art on Paper, vol.13, no. 2, November/December, New York
Zeeger, Brian, "The Split Wall", Time Out New York, October 16-22, New York
Giraudi, Brigitte, "Fabienne Lasserre", Ing Magazine #27, Summer, Tokyo

2006


Saltz, Jerry, "Yurts and Stalagmites", Village Voice, October 11-18, New York
Fry, Naomi, "EAF06: 2006 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition", Critic's Pick, ArtForum.com, September
Cohen, David, "On Sculpture Today", The New York Sun, September 14, New York
Gelber, Eric, "A Shoreline Space for Sculpture", The New York Sun, January 23, New York
White, Roger, "Possibly Being", Brooklyn Rail, April, New York

2002


Zimmermann Brendel, Maria, "Fabienne Lasserre's installation La Caverne: An Aesthetics of Confrontation", in One World, Five Universes, pub. Bishop's University Art Gallery, Lennoxville, p.36-42

2001


Lord, Véronique, "Dragons et dragonnes", in Pink Link ou la Proposition Rose, La Centrale/Powerhouse in collaboration with Les éditions duRemue-ménage, Montreal, p.30-31

2000


Chester, Annie-Lou, "Fabienne Lasserre, La caverne", in Articule-20 ans, Montreal, p. 9 Gordon, Russell T., “Fabienne Lasserre, La caverne", Articule, Montreal Mavrikakis, Nicolas, "Contes pour adultes", Voir, June 15 to 21, Montreal
Mc Leod, Dayn, "Puff and Magic Dragons", Hour, June 8 to 14, Montreal
Cloutier, Anne-Marie, "Religion cathodique", Elle Québec, no.130, June, Montreal, p.32 Crevier, Lyne, "Coquin atout", Ici, May 25 to June 1st, Montreal
Paiement, Geneviève, "Dragon Lady", Mirror, May 11 to 18, Montreal
"Le lendemain de la veille", interview, CKUT, May 25, Montreal

1999


Mavrikakis, Nicolas, "Frissons garantis", Voir, November 18 to 24, Montreal
Couëlle, Jennifer, "La télé a un temple", La presse, November 18, Montreal
Mavrikakis, Nicolas, "Le corps révolté", Voir, May 6 to 13, Montreal
Côté, Pierre, "Les choix de Sophie", documentary, Télé-Québec, December 9
Martineau, Richard, "Les Francs-tireurs", Télé-Québec, December 8
Saint-Hilaire, Jean-Claude, "De la vulve et du sacré", Inter, art actuel, no.74, p. 66-67, Quebec
"Le lendemain de la veille", interview, CKUT, November 11, Montreal

1998


Points, Lines, Surfaces, 20 Years (exhibition catalog), Concordia University, Montreal, 55 pp.
Marchand, Keith, "Quartered and drawn", Mirror, October 8 to 15, Montreal

Tough, Raw and paradoxical : Fabienne Lasserre's new sculpture

Hyperallergic - Thomas Micchelli

November 13, 2013


Either / And

Artlog - Matt Fisher

April 01, 2011


Fabienne Lasserre

Art Forum - Chris Wiley

April 01, 2011


Uncertainty sets the stage

ArtSlantNY - Michael Levy

January 01, 2010


Feed the Meter Vol. 2

Feed the Meter Vol. 2

December 12, 2017