Born 1991 in Paris (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)
Léonard Martin’s most recent works bring together Paolo Uccello’s Renaissance paintings and giant carnival puppets. In particular, the works explore the movement of the puppets and the mazzocchio — a type of Florentine headwear, whose geometric shape inspired the work of the Italian painter — allowing numerous viewpoints. The work conceived by Léonard Martin transforms drawn lines into a sculptural ensemble of inflatable forms created for the public “to be able to step into, as if into a moving drawing.” Visitors can actually walk around the work, as if the sculptures’ breathing brought about constant changes of scale, demonstrating the optical processes that painters use to transpose reality onto canvas.
Acknowledgements : Christophe Bourgeois and the members of Airstar