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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: Jon Sasaki’s Offbeat — And Sometimes Uncomfortable — Art Projects
January 11, 2014
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Name: Jon Sasaki

Born: Toronto, 1973

Lives and works: Toronto

The work: Many of Jon Sasaki's artworks might remind you of things you owned when you were a teenager (like a broken heart necklace) or the stunts you’d pull to show off to your friends (climbing a ladder held by nobody). His pieces often straddle the line between being fun and making you feel a little uncomfortable. For one of his largest-scale works, he took over Toronto's Lamport Stadium and filled the field with 26 costumed mascots tasked with riling up the crowd into a frenzy.

His new prized possession: “I collect license plates from ‘80s professional wrestlers," Sasaki told Strombo.com "So far I only have a California plate from Rowdy Roddy Piper, but as far as I’m concerned, even one is a collection. I have what is possibly the world’s largest collection of Keys to the City.” He used those keys in the 2008 piece "I Want to be Welcome Everywhere, Always."

What’s next?: “I’m making drawings of the floaty things that scoot around inside my eyeballs," he said. "I’m interested in them because my eye floaters are the one thing in the world that only I can see.”

You can see Sasaki's new video in February at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, or catch his work as part of a group show at Dazibao in Montreal.

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