In his eleventh solo show with the gallery, Leslie Laskey presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings titled “Cloud Images-Eclipse.”
Despite being 96 years old, Laskey’s ability to create and inspire, as well as challenge and amuse become ever more apparent with each exhibition. In a recent interview with Bryan A. Hollerbach, Laskey said “I don’t really like talking about the work – I think you have to, in a way, hear what you’re seeing, and you have to see what you’re hearing.” Often described as passionate, demanding, insightful, magical, inspirational and, above all, creative, he is a force to be reckoned with, as illustrated in the 2012 film documentary “Forty-Seven Views of Leslie Laskey” by West-Coast-based filmmakers, David Wild and Lulu Gargiulo.
Seeing his last eleven exhibitions at the gallery, one gets the idea that for Leslie, art, work, and life are one in the same: “I don't think my art is different from my life; they're intertwined, inseparable. The way I cook, the way I paint, the way I read, and the music I listen to are all one in the same.”(from article “The Art of Life, a Life in Art” published in the St. Louis Beacon) Whether he is talking about baking peaches, sharing his ideas for design, or reciting poetry, his passion and energy for life are contagious.
Born in Michigan in 1921, Laskey served in a combat unit in Europe and was among the troops that landed on Omaha Beach, early on D-Day, 1944. He studied at Indiana University and at the Institute of Design in Chicago (now the Illinois Institute of Technology) with founder and American Bauhaus pioneer Lászlò Moholy-Nagy. Currently, he divides his time between St. Louis and Manistee, Michigan and is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.