Artist Leo Caillard toys with our relationship with time. Through a blend of different periods and anachronism, he prompts us to reflect on the present in relation to our past. Born in Paris, France in 1985, Caillard belongs to a new generation of artists associated with significant changes that have been taking place since the 2000s with the dawn of the digital age and the new concerns of society. Through his works, he invites us to take a fresh look at our era, open to history, in order to rethink our future.
A proponent of new technologies and science, his interests lay in exploring time and quantum physics, eventually leaving the world of numbers and expressing his investigations through a career in art. Graduating from École des Gobelins in 2008, he continued studying the history of art and practiced photography while carrying out research in the realm of 3D and new media.
“My eyes have always sought to observe the world to uncover its meaning and codes. I thought that a methodical understanding through science would provide the answers, but the artistic and conceptual aspect prevailed in the end. I try to show what we think we know differently, to shake-up our convictions and establish a dialogue between periods. We are at a crossroads of sweeping changes, requiring us to look back at our past history.”
“2,000 years separates us from our Greco-Roman roots. In respect of a broader time, unrelated to our daily relationship with the instantaneous and our own lifetime, it’s ultimately negligible. Questions concerning the past, myths and epics are merely metaphors for the great concerns of our time. I strive to bring all this to the fore to enable us to better comprehend our world.”
Since 2013, Leo Caillard has produced many sculptures in the same spirit of dialogue across time. He expanded the concept of marble and bronze works wearing clothes through the aesthetics of the classic bust, modified by adding contemporary accessories. The ‘Hipsters in Bronze’ series conveys these creations that have quickly earned a place within private collections and exhibitions.
In another series, Léo has been working on new creations based on light interacting with stone. His meticulous and scientific hallmark is exposed in poetic and subtle works where the conceptual creation seeks to emphasize the dialogue between solid matter and abstract matter: solid and hollow, tangible and quantum.
Léo lives and works in Paris.