Luke Shalan

Luke Shalan is an artist/process designer working in Los Angeles, CA. His work focuses on exploring the interactions between tool, material and creator/operator, questioning modern forms of production, and emphasizing creative, performative processes.

“Through a process-based practice, I investigate the relationship developed between maker, tools and materials. I work in tandem with contraptions I create, manipulating slabs of porcelain. The contraptions I have developed are inspired by porcelain’s properties. Through a performative investigation of these properties, I seek to uncover the moments in which the inventive nature of a tool creates a dialogue between itself, the material and the maker. This is shown through video and photographic documentation. The artifacts I produce are records of the porcelain’s reaction to the process. They also articulate a sense of individual connection to the things we use on a day-to-day basis. I drop slabs of clay over a variety of objects, primarily being hand tools and domestic objects such as a place settings and picture frames. The final artifacts record these object’s shapes with astonishing fidelity, but are subtle in their presence.”

 

Porcelain Slab Dropping Backpack

Porcelain Slab Dropping Backpack

 

 

Large Slab Dropping Contraception

Large Slab Dropping Contraception

 

 

Original Slab Dropping Device

Original Slab Dropping Device

 

Video stills from Drop 32, Table Setting (0:02:01)

Video stills from Drop 32, Table Setting (0:02:01)

 

 

Garden Shears Porcelain and enamel

Garden Shears
Porcelain and enamel

 

 

Assorted Tools Porcelain

Assorted Tools
Porcelain

 

 

 

Assorted Archival Slabs Porcelain, wax and paper

Assorted Archival Slabs
Porcelain, wax and paper

 

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Child's Hand Saw

Child’s Hand Saw

Makita Drill

Makita Drill

Studio Hammer

Studio Hammer

 

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