Lukas Easton – Red Lodge Clay Center

Lukas EastonRed Lodge, Montana

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Red Lodge Clay Center, Short-Term Resident (ASPN) 2016, Long-Term Resident 2021 – 2022

Lukas Easton received an MFA in ceramics at the NYSCC at Alfred University, in the spring of 2021. He received his BFA in ceramics, from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2017. In 2018, Easton completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. After returning from a three-month residency at Jenggala Keramik in Bali where he designed commercial tableware, he spent a semester teaching as adjunct faculty at RIT before attending graduate school at Alfred. In 2020 Easton was selected as a Ceramics Monthly emerging artist and received first place as a graduate student in the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition. Additionally, Easton received honorable mention in the 2020 International Sculpture Center’s, Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. Easton is currently a long-term resident artist at The Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana.

My work explores subject matter that popular culture has become numb to and offers an opportunity by going beyond the expected and into territory so unacceptable to society that it causes a moment of clarity. This gives us a chance to consider what we do value and shows us what we have decided to leave out of our moral equation to help simplify our life so we may live.

Through a range of mediums, including ceramics and video I engage with individual and collective entanglement, critique human behavior, and promote personal responsibility and compassion. I use physical representations of time such as decay, growth, and geology, as a way to create greater perspective within the disruption which allows for consideration of the complex world, we live in.

My work uses narrative across surface and form by placing singular objects together to create conversation and relationships through proximity. The space allowed by proximity gives the viewer room to layer their own experiences and conceptions with my work.