With Romain Langlois, each work of art is the culmination of a long process of research and maturation. That is why his creations are rare and of exceptional character. Likewise with Serendipity, that has just been unveiled and that it is both a continuation of his previous works and a break with them.
Serendipity, Romain Langlois
Space Attraction, Resonance and Container... Romain Langlois's hyper-realistic sculptures are unsettling. However, his pieces are more than just reproductions and far from wishing to simply reproduce nature, they contain an unbound desire to give a new existence to the natural elements, to make the wood or the rock ‘even more natural’.
Romain Langlois sees his works as transmutations. Made up by the elements’ visual information - the rock colour or the veins in wood - to which the images in the viewer’s mind are added. Indeed, the artist wants to trick the viewer’s perception. To create a better rock than nature, the artist shapes it as the mind conceives it, as he explains: "If I create a fault, the mind will remember a mountain fault. Therefore, one has to create a hyperrealism effect by using narratives that deceive the mind into believing that what one sees is absolutely natural."
The hyperrealism is however limited to the outer portion of the pieces, and it is balanced by the interpretative liquid aspect of the creations, the artist's signature.
Originally thought of as a reference to the liquid state which everything passes through, this golden or even black magma has a more symbolic significance. It demonstrates a permanent state of instability, the evolution’s fertile ground from which scientific discoveries emerge as well as aesthetics’ ones. Thanks to this magma, all things reveal their essence. "Everything is alive, in motion, in transformation". This life, this inner movement, must be unearthed.
Serendipity, an aesthetic discovery
The symbolic significance is all the more felt by the artist as it indirectly echoes the very concept of serendipity, which lends its name to his most recent work of art. Serendipity is the faculty to make a fortunate discovery.
For Serendipity, Romain Langlois chose to coat the liquid in black, where as with his previous sculptures radiated an intense gold. Again, the artist wishes to maintain a balance within the sculpture: "By its’ movement, the piece shows itself, it shows that it is decomposed. In choosing to do it black and not gold, as in the previous pieces, a state of equilibrium at the heart of the sculpture was created. The gold emphasized too much openess, it needed to be balanced”.
Serendipity, Romain Langlois
While it is clear that black is more symbolic than gold, the fact that this colour attracts the eye is less obvious, even paradoxical. However, since black absorbs, it questions and puts the mind’s conceptual ability in motion. Unlike the other pieces, the interior of Serendipity is not just to be seen but considered by the sculptor as a research subject that must be born in the spectators’ minds.
Trying to not lose anything in recreating, or adding to nature through the mind’s conceptual ability, such is the sculptor’s wish. In his mind, the pieces are open to the viewers and it is their perspective that will truly shape them.
For Romain Langlois, Serendipity's relationship with its environment is "like a dancing invitation", made up in front of the audience, through which the viewer’s mind can take in the sculpture.
So, let’s dance!