François Bard (b.1959, France)
For Bard, the simplest of all subjects, be it a shoe, a leg, a torso, a dog or a face, takes a dark and edgy turn. He manages to translate all his intimate emotion into a two dimensional oil painting; each work an endless exercise of composition, rhythm and struggle. The use of multiple layers of oil accentuates the feel and dynamic mood of all his paintings. François Bard gives a part of himself in every canvas. The horizon – the vast limiting of human experience – is fascinating to Bard. The horizon draws a line between here and not-here, day and night, good and evil, us and them. The scale and cinematic quality of his work only makes this more dramatic and stuns viewers over and over again.
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Leo Caillard - Art Games (2011)
“Artists have used Apple products to create gorgeous works of art and have featured the devices themselves as pieces of sculpture. There’s even an Apple store at the Louvre museum in Paris.
But what happens when you create a museum layout taking cues from the minimalistic user interface familiar to millions of Apple customers? Caillard has done exactly that with his series of digitally enhanced photographs that re-imagine the Louvre museum.
Caillard’s images show museum patrons interacting with priceless paintings the way someone might browse through slides in a personal iTunes library on a device like an iPhone or MacBook.”