One grandfather was a carpenter. The other was a machinist. Both influenced Dave Lasker’s work and career as a contemporary furniture designer and sculptor in Atlanta.
The artist: Born in West Seneca, NY, Lasker lived in Providence, RI. Before heading off to college, he worked construction jobs during the summer months in high school.
He earned a BA in furniture from Buffalo State University and an MFA in furniture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After college he began to make and sell custom wood furniture and sculpture. In 1997, he opened a studio in Atlanta.
Also, after setting up and freelancing in his studio, Lasker was an adjunct teacher at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, and Perimeter College in Clarkston, GA.
Utilizing his past experience in construction and kitchen remodeling, Lasker completely renovated three historic homes in Atlanta’s North Druid Hills.
Currently, in addition to his studio work, Lasker is property managing for the Building Arts Network in Scottdale, GA, and actively renovating the 120-year-old former cotton mill storage building into studios for artists and creators.
The company/studio: Dave Lasker/DML Design Studio, is located in the Building Arts Network in the Atlanta area.
The art & materials:
- Custom and commissioned furniture.
- Non-functional, abstract, hand-carved and assembled sculptures, mostly in wood.
- Photos of images he sees around him: forms in nature and architecture, reflections and color compositions, often abstract.
- Lately, working with interior designers and art consultants on custom furniture pieces (price varies) and commissioned fine art sculptures ($2,000 to $5,000).
Other favorites: Photo images on metal ($350 to $500).
– Tribal patterns.
– Insect and reptile patterns and textures.
– Architectural structure and geometry.
– Random cuttings from his furniture creations.
Fun, special or unusual commissions:
– Last year, freelanced with the Emory University library to construct a media tower for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon mission.
“It was challenging with integrated graphic panels and a concealed video projector,” said Lasker.
– Replicated an Old Kingdom Egyptian coffin for the Michael C. Carlos Museum on Emory’s main campus in Atlanta. He cut, mitered and pegged the joints together the same way as it was done 4,000 years ago.
“I enjoyed working with the Egyptologist and visually referencing other Old Kingdom coffins.”
Big break or series of small breaks:
– Attending and teaching at RISD.
– Freelancing with Turner Productions when he moved to Atlanta in 1996.
– Last year created two, medium-sized white bird forms for a hotel in Taiwan.
Awards: Many including:
- Beverly Hills Art Show, first-place mixed media.
- Outdoor sculpture installation for the Wellington Community Center in West Palm Beach for a one year duration.
Recent show: A one-person show at the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody.
- Designing and creating a custom, wall-hung sideboard for a client he met in Sarasota.
- Working on a furniture commission for the new Emory Library.
- Blue Ridge(GA) Spring Arts in the Park Festival, May 28 & 29.
- Looking for gallery representation for his fine art sculptures and/or furniture.
Where to buy: davelasker.com
- Instagram: @davelasker.art and dave_lasker