We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Lasley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an assemblage artist and found objects are my medium. Initially I mostly made dioramas in shadow boxes, but I’m more recently doing larger sculptural pieces. My work is autobiographical and I primarily address e repression I experienced as a gay kid growing up in that era. and it’s impact on my adult psyche and life. Kristine Schomaker and her team at Shoebox PR was very helpful in my professional growth as an artist. I learned from them how to find opportunities to submit art and promote my work on social media. My art was well received and I was very encouraged by getting accepted into shows. The visibility has led to enough familiarity with my work that I’m hearing it’s more and more readily recognized as mine now. That gives me some hope I’m beginning to establish my vision, myself and my message in the LA art arena. The Los Angeles Art Association has also been a great resource – I would encourage an emerging artist to submit for membership to the LA Art Association and to investigate what Shoebox PR has to offer. I’m also very grateful to Valda Lake from Wallspace gallery for showing my work early on and for giving me my first solo show in LA.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I really enjoy LA’s museums and galleries. I’d have lunch at Philippe’s – not only for the French dip but the atmosphere as well – and then head over to the Broad for its great collection of contemporary art. Dinner might be the “slippery shrimp” at Yang Chow and then theater at the Ahmanson or Taper.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give credit to my partner Andre. Fortunately he enjoys looking at art and he’s always happy to accompany me on visits to galleries and museums. When I’m working on a piece I’ll ask him periodically to have a look at my progress, hoping to get his very encouraging “Oh wow!” response. If I don’t get the wow I can trust he knows by now what I hope to achieve in a piece and that I’m not quite there yet!