The digital imagery made by all – exponential polarisation of know-how -, shared continuously via interconnected and anarchic routes, is radically changing our visual landscape.
An unorthodox iconographer, icondule, iconoclast, art teacher and icon maker – profane and sacred – taking as a starting point artefacts taken from the repertories of the history of art and popular culture, Léo permuts their natures and structures to re-present them in a way that alters their levels of performance. He integrates the principles of speculative thinking, empiricism and randomness into his artistic practice: a fundamental basis for assimilating new materials, tools, paths, media and know-how.
His work is undeniably nourished by the teaching of artistic practices over 20 years and by the interactions of the hundreds of students who have engaged in his courses, notably at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts. Could he, on the other hand, overlook the curating of more than a hundred exhibitions in the three galleries he founded and directed -TIAC / LeLa / Atelier-, just as the choreographer would forget the collaborations with his dancers?
Structured around the use of a wide range of techniques and divergent appropriations of different methodologies, the works in the ‘Iconomachy’ collection or those more recently presented in his exhibition ‘Falling like lightning from Heaven’ are an extension of the work carried out as part of the residencies at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec, at the Thamy-Nyele Foundation in Amsterdam, off the Dubai Art Fair, at the RAVI at the Comète de Liège and proposals for exhibits at the MAK in Vienna, at David Adjaye’s Visionnary Africa pavilion in Addis Ababa and thesis project at the Slade in London.
By adding double entendre – at least – to his work, Léo’s 3.0 icons function like Trojan horses.
Atelier LK’ is his new laboratory.