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PAINTING: TOTEM AND ANTI-STAINED GLASS

Bruno Schiepan's intervention on the furniture created by Eero Saarinen was decisive for his artistic approach.

Not only did this allow him to understand the relationship between shapes and colors in a new way, but he also discovered through this application that matter could be an essential source of inspiration.

This is how he found the material that would allow him to use the techniques he had used to appropriate the famous “Tulip”, and how this material became the almost unique support for his practice.

However, this material has proven to offer much broader characteristics and unexpected possibilities.

First of all, it is deformable.

This possibility modifies perception by creating sorts of ripples, as if global warming were producing its first effects...

But it is also, in some of its variations, translucent, which allows new plays with light which has always been an essential element in Bruno Schiepan's work.

His various interventions on mirrored surfaces, for example, bear witness to this.

Here, the approach is different. This involves adding to the natural light (or not) which illuminates the face of the work, another source coming from the back.

The translucent material which serves as a support for the painting allows light to pass through.

Thus, while with stained glass it is the lead of the structure which marks the lines, here it is exactly the opposite: it is the paint which blocks the light coming from behind and it is the lines which illuminate.

It is for this reason that the name anti-stained glass has become established for all backlit totems.

The installation of a lighting system requires a special chassis for these totems.

To do this, boxes with a thickness of 12 cm are designed to be hung or placed on the ground.

Their homothetic format also allows multiple compositions, a bit like Lego bricks.

Therefore all kinds of devices are possible.

To summarize, totems offer 4 main characteristics: Boxes with a thickness of 12 cm Backlit or not Deformed or not Allowing infinite compositions.

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