Leo Caillard: Hipster in Stone
What is a hipster?” The question has been posed and answered time and time again, but as an N+1 symposium on the topic averred, “All descriptions of hipsters are doomed to disappoint.” Even so, everyone has the image of a hipster in their head: large sunglasses, stylized haircuts, old-timey barbs, skinny jeans, pastel shirts. Sure, that’s reductive and it doesn’t necessarily encompass the entire demographic, but you know you know someone (or several people) who fit the bill.
So does photographer Léo Caillard. He photographed hip Parisians in trendy garb, and mapped their clothes onto nude Hellenic sculptures taken from the Louvre. The result? “Hipsters in stone.”
Leo Caillard represents the new generation of emerging artist with his singular vision. Overlapping photography, technology, and imagination, his meticulously crafted images combine a delicate intertwining of the new and the historic. Caillard invites us to rediscover & question our social environment with a lightness of touch, humour & sensitivity.
His “In Museum” series was widely viewed on line & subsequently, since 2012, it has featured in many international art fairs. The body of work reassigns the classical figures of the Louvre’s extensive sculpture collection in today’s contemporary attire.
This series follows the theme of Caillard… “Surprise” : The viewer is drawn to the familiar within the image, but closer inspection reveals many layers of incongruous information. This collision of elements forces the observer to question his assumptions & question the roles of the subjects presented.
In 2015, Caillard has truly opened to door to the photographic art of the twenty first century.