PALAIS DE TOKYO X CAULAINCOURT X PHILIPPE BAUDELOCQUE
In 2017, Caulaincourt inaugurated its Tokyo model, sneakers whose name paid homage to the Palais de Tokyo and the history of its forecourt, which has been one of the popular “spots” of skateboarding for over twenty years French. To extend this dialogue, the Palais de Tokyo and Caulaincourt have teamed up to invite Philippe Baudelocque to produce 25 unique pairs of hand-painted sneakers. Extending certain signs from the project at the Palais de Tokyo, the artist partially covers the leather sneakers with geometric shapes inspired by melon grains, whose compulsive repetition causes a kinetic effect. Fascinated by the possibility of producing thousands of symbols on a micro surface, the artist is interested here “in the rule of the game of the Universe, through the repetition of a symbol”, between measure excess.
“When you make a drawing on a wall, you feel its thickness: it is the totality of the energy of the mass of the building that you divert. I am interested in quantum physics, mathematics, rhythms and the laws of Nature. The word “Fusion” represents for me the translation into an artistic language of the laws governing the structure of the living. I took over the principle of functionalist architecture enunciated by Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) by adapting it to my approach: Form Follows Function Follows Fusion. Shape follows Function. Function follows Fusion. In my work, I try to trace the chain of causes. ”
Directed in painting, photography or drawn with white chalk on huge walls or in the studio, Philippe Baudelocque’s work pushes the boundaries of the grand in niment and the in niment petit. In 2016, the artist revealed a monumental project made in the bowels of the Palais de Tokyo: for more than seven months, Baudelocque immersed himself in an emergency exit to deploy his cosmic universe. A spiritual and mental elevation that rises on many levels, from the creation of the world to the invisible forms of life, passing by lante stars, atomic atomic writings like insects, figures and dark rules, luminous animals, vertiginous magmas and other forms with mysterious and demystified symbolisms. So many drawings composed of cells, line crossings and other atomic motifs, his “codices” drawn in a notebook and always connected to the visible or invisible forms of the world around him.