Léo Caillard, ‘Hipster in Stone VII - The Young Shepherd’, 2012, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY

Who is to say that the figures presented in the stone of Greek Agora were not the greatest representation of the human form at that time. The statues, with their clothes stripped away reveal a magnificence of shape & balance, but what were the Greeks wearing when they weren’t posing for sculptors and artisans?

Appearance, in all its many nuances, present the character.. “Clothes maketh the man” as William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet. One’s dress sense indicates one’s priorities, choices, and lifestyle. Are you “in” or are you “out”? Hipster or Classic? Which trive are you a member of? Which tribe were the men posing these statues from? Hipsters in Stone presents a twist on these themes, take the ultimate from the Classic world & add a contemporary flare with cropped pants, Ray Bans, plaid shirts, and the like, and suddenly these artistic icons becomes iconic in completely new ways.

Series: Hipsters in Stone

About Léo Caillard

Léo Caillard’s artwork seeks to reconsider the experience of viewing images in an over-saturated media environment. “We see thousands of different pictures every day...People start to lose the ability to reflect on what they are looking at,” he once said. The artist manipulates photographs to alter viewers’ perceptions and activate new ways of looking. In his “In Museum” series, he features museum-goers in the Louvre, but shifts the scenario such that the artwork appears to be viewed through an Apple interface. In other works, classical sculptures are re-imagined and edited so as to be wearing contemporary clothing. Similarly, in his “War Games” series, he depicts urban business districts, but with the machinery of war—tanks, fighter jets, naval ships—edited into the landscape, revealing the complicity between war and commercial enterprise.

French, b. 1985, Paris, France, based in Paris, France