Artist: Ian Lazarus
Painted steel with stainless steel chain
The sculpture symbolically reflects communication
across borders - standing as it does on the international border between the
United States and Canada.
Consophia refers to wisdom among friends. Linking this
sculpture with the geometric syllabics of the Native Ojibway script, the
sculptor presents a form that represents a sharing of ideas among equals. The
English translations of the Ojibway writings on each side of the central beam
are "sharing knowledge" and "inspired interaction." The
inclusion of this ancient language further expands this sculpture's
metaphor of communication across culture, location and time.
About Ian Lazarus
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1951, Ian Lazarus started
his sculpture career in 1972 as a stone carver. He spent 11 years travelling,
living and learning sculptural techniques in Mexico, California, Greece, Italy
and Canada. As his sculptural language evolved, Lazarus moved from stone
carving to a wider spectrum of materials and techniques. Ian Lazarus has
had more than 30 exhibitions since 1977 ranging from the Instituto Nacional de
Belles Artes in Mexico, to The Sculpture Court in Harbourfront, Toronto. His
work has been displayed in The National Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, the
Art Gallery of Hamilton, the University of Moncton Gallery, New Brunswick,
Butler House Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland and the Japan International
Contemporary Art Fair in Yokohama.
Mr. Lazarus has been commissioned to create sculptures for government
institutions, private corporations and galleries. His work is prized by both
private and public collectors, including the National Gallery of Malaysia, the
Town of Freshford in Kilkenny County, Ireland and the University of Windsor. He
has received grants and awards from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts
Council and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation.
His website can be found at http://www.ianlazarus.com