The way art heals is through catharsis, not by painting pretty, well designed innocuous stuff. Catharsis in art began in Greece where they used drama in that way. People went to the theatre not to be entertained but to experience a catharsis, a purification and purgation of emotions—particularly pity and fear that resulted in spiritual renewal and restoration.
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Artist Leo Caillard plays with our relationship to time through photographs and sculptures mixing different periods and invites us to take a different look at our current times. It is thanks to his path, first in science and then in photography, that this young artist developed his critical eye on our changing society. He created a first series, Art Games, in 2010 on the place of digital in museums. His following series, Hipsters in Stone, in 2012, confirmed his talent and gave him his breakthrough. His work succeeds in being appreciated by the public for his light and humorous approach and by art professionals for his more philosophical message about the mutation and the end of civilizations.
He was recently invited to exhibit in London with Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, he was at Scope Miami for the Miami Basel week and will be in February at the St Raymond Museum in Toulouse. And if you land in Orly airport in Paris, you will be welcomed by his photographs of artworks from the Louvre Museum which will be on display for the next 3 years. A promising emerging artist, who talks about art, science and philosophy with passion and talent. I can’t wait to see his upcoming creations.
I am shocked to discover that young artists have bought into the cynicism of modern art and elevated garbage to a holy realm, just because fraudsters like Jeff Koons are making a lot of money at stealing other people’s art and turning it into kitschy pieces by adding sentimentality to elements that once were moments of beauty.