Bernard Pras (Paperback)
Playing with perspective and multiple points of view, Bernard Pras reinterprets historic masterpieces and modernist icons of the Pop age. Using everyday objects such as children’s toys, scraps of plastic, fabric off-cuts, pencils, buttons, and bottles, he brings high and low culture face to face with each other with ingenuity and irony. His art embodies the age of consumerism in which he grew up: his childhood years spent in the grocery store run by his grandmothers, with their stacks of goods and merchandise of every variety. Whether they recreate Louis XIV in toilet rolls or David Bowie in plastic toys, his installations reinvent the past and reconstruct the present. Challenging the norms of both figurative art and abstraction, his work deconstructs art and the world in order to create a different perspective on both.
Colin Lemoine is an art historian. After having started a thesis at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne, he joined the National Institute of Art History, as a research and studies officer, then the Bourdelle museum, where he studies, inventories, and authenticates sculptures.