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Antoine Leperlier Shaping Time. Works in Glass from 1981 to Now

Book  /  Arnoldsche   Monograph
Published: 27.05.2024
Antoine Leperlier Shaping Time. Works in Glass from 1981 to Now.
Text by:
Andrew Brewerton, Mikaël Faujour, Michel Guérin, John Edgar Wideman
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Edited on:
2024
Technical data:
200 pages 23 x 29 cm, 185 ills. English / French
ISBN / ISSN:
ISBN 978-3-89790-704-1
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Antoine Leperlier (b. 1953) is a trained visual artist and painter. He has been working as a freelance glass artist since the 1980s, developing his own glass technique based on casting and the lost-wax technique to create large-format translucent and painterly blocks. In this survey of work spanning more than 40 years, skulls float, snakes are frozen alive, and what looks like abstract watercolors are preserved forever. Time stands still, the universe speaks. His works explore transience and memory, past and future; he stops time and makes moments eternal. Enamel and ceramic inclusions, bubbles, colors, and engravings create colorful, expressive worlds reminiscent of organic forms floating in outer space. This endeavor to capture dynamic images in material form is an approach unique to contemporary glass art.

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The works of Antoine Leperlier are made of a material that eternalises a moment while simultaneously revealing its transience: glass. Now spanning more than four decades, the artistic oeuvre of one of the most significant French glass artists of our time is presented in this new, richly illustrated monograph: an artistic enquiry of passing and remembrance, past and future.

Antoine Leperlier (b. 1953) trained as a painter, but since the 1980s he has been working as an independent artist in the medium of glass and developing his own process for executing his designs based on lost-wax casting and pâte de verre. His works – often transparent cubes, spheres or glass shards – are frequently endowed with Latin and Greek inscriptions and contain unexpected objects such as old coins, pressed flowers, miniature imitation skulls, snakes ostensibly frozen alive, and recurrent abstract explosions of colour, which seem to at once float and solidify, captured and unleashed between walls of glass.

Glass is to time what bronze and marble are to space, says the artist, it lends material to mental space, flesh to duration. Or as John Edgar Wideman put it, Time a medium both intimate and distant. A medium transparent and opaque as glass.

Leperlier’s glass art explores the ephemeral and the fixed, memory and flux, before and after. He stops time, accords moments duration in his sculptures. Through enamel and ceramic inclusions, colourful expressive worlds reminiscent of organic forms and the universe emerge, while air bubbles, colours, and engravings create a dynamism unique in contemporary glass art.

This comprehensive monograph on Leperlier’s oeuvre demonstrates in numerous large-format images his extraordinary artistic studies on the subject of time. Statements by the artist himself as well as essays by renowned art critics and contemporaries introduce the work from different perspectives, bringing it to life in all its complexity before our very eyes.
 
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