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Contradictory Characteristics: Sculpture by Romain Langlois

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French sculptor Romain Langlois takes natural forms and adds contradictory characteristics. Combining the materiality of multiple objects into one form, Langlois’ sculptures are frequently worthy of double-takes.


A sculpture of a stone with a molten coreAttraction de L'Espace, bronze

In some of Langlois' most well-known works, natural forms like boulders and logs are imbued with a surreal beauty in the form of what looks like molten gold erupting from their cores. In one work, the inside off a hollowed-out log is painted with a shiny, flowing coat of gold metal. In another, a large, unassuming stone is broken in half to reveal strands of viscous gold holding it together like lava.


I’m also really taken by the sculptures in which a plank of wood or a tree stump is cast from bronze, and made to look bent or creased like thick fabric or pliable clay. Langlois’ sculptural skill introduces three separate material existences, without making the sculpture ook overworked. With these sculptures, the artist lets the viewer question the true nature of so many familiar materials. 

A sculpture of a skull with iron filingsMasque de Jericho, bronze and iron filings

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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