1. Hipster in Stone II, Venus, 2014, Fine Art Print under acrylic Diasec, H. 180cm. W. 120cm.

The hippest of the hipsters

Classical sculpture is not generally seen as very hip but the French artist Léo Caillard is determined to bring it firmly and fashionably into the 21st century. Born in Paris in 1985, Caillard has updated ancient Greek and Roman statues from the extensive collection of the Louvre by dressing them up in baseball caps, T-shirts and jeans, set off by trendy shades and head-phones. His witty and provocative Hipsters in Stone series has been viewed in many international art fairs, now 14 pieces of his work are on show in an exhibition entitled Past is Present at Mougins Museum of Classical Art (MACM) in the South of France.


2. Hipster in Stone XXVI, 2017, Fine Art print under acrylic Diasec. H. 60cm. W. 90cm.

As Caillard explains: 'The exhibition Past is Present was born from an exciting and inspiring meeting around the issue of the imprint of the past on contemporary art.

'Firstly, through King's College London… as part of their ongoing project Modern Classicisms… and then the exhibition entitled The Classical Now! which brought together many works of contemporary art in dialogue with artefacts from Antiquity, now... with Mr Christian Levett and the great team of MACM… [which] creates a permanent dialogue between eras, societies and artistic techniques… I have always had a great interest in the question of time. Whether we look at it from a scientific or a philosophical point of view, this question continues to elude us because it is the foundation of our existence. The way we define the past, the present and the future, is nothing else but the experience of our own life.


3. Léo Caillard, 2015. Photographer: Léo Caillard.


'It is difficult to detach from this personal relationship to time. However, seen from another angle, on the scale of terrestrial time for example, antiquity is extremely close to our era.

'Civilisations and social habits change but the individuals that make up humanity remain the same, inhabited by the same questions and the same search for meaning. It seems obvious to me that our past is our present. Antiquity is at the origin of our era. My work therefore seeks to open a dialogue between these two periods in order to extract a new meaning.


4. Hipster in marble 'Laocoon', 2017, resin and white Carrara marble powder. H. 70cm.

'More than ever before, our relationship with time is accelerating, the world is changing rapidly and we are actively thinking about ourselves in order to better apprehend tomorrow. The challenges ahead, exciting and disturbing at the same time, give artists an incredible field of expression.

'With each important change, society knew to look at its past to better create its future. It is up to artists to give this reflection a visual space.' Past is Present is on show at the Mougins Museum of Classical Art (MACM) until 27 May 2018.

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Lindsay Fulcher

 



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