Retrospective monograph: a complete overview of the visual and sound works by Rainier Lericolais.
FORMA, “the first image” Rainier
Lericolais's taste for technical and aesthetic
experimentation, and for play on
words in his titles, goes hand in hand with
an enduring determination to bring forth
new images. Openness is the key: rooted
in traditional media and shot through with
to the history of art, cinema or
music, each work is at the same time subjected
to a form of chance “conditioned”
by its specific technical process. But as Julie
Ramos emphasises in this book, while
the art of “concealment of the medium”
reaches its apogee here, this is because the
result obtained – especially via physical
contact – always has a “mental” image as
its starting point.
Lericolais's exhibition at the Domaine départemental
de Chamarande Centre for Contemporary
Art recounts a history of these
“processes open to the unpredictable”, of fering the visitor the chance to sample all
their visual attributes. In addition, more
pieces like the “cabinet of curiosities”
and the artist's first animated film
provide a window onto the range of his
sources of inspiration.
The idea of a book covering an oeuvre begun
more than fifteen years ago was born
out of this experience of the exhibition; and
the quality of the texts and images marks
a resolve to testify to the place Rainier Lericolais
occupies in the art of today.
A visual artist and a musician, Rainier Lericolais (born 1970 in Chateauroux, France) lives and works in Paris.