Rainier Lericolais - color me, 2017
Rainier Lericolais displays the regal yet rebellious look of an artist and rock musician, but he can also play the role on a applied art historian, able to relay through his draxings, the spirit of cubism and constructivism, in his own way that we might best describe as "Lericolism".
If our artist is multi-faceted, his gallery of portraits is no less so: wether from the front or the side or over the shoulder, his ladies seem a little muddled by the looks of their faces. Their features dance under sinious waves, their angular bone structure, their pointillist outlines with here a nose and there a cheek or perhaps a lock of hair, all struggling to get into the foreground? So here we have a fabulous bunch of shapes to color and maybe even make geometry seem fun again.
Born in Chateauroux in 1970, Rainier Lericolais lives and works in Paris. Music ? of which, as with cinema or literature, her prefers the experimental type ? is the common factor in a variety of modes of expression: sculpture, video, records, fanzines etc. For this artist/musician, ?sound is above all a drawing? and he has materialized this idea in the form of pianos made of cardboard, landscapes composed of waveforms or impressions of vinyl records in aluminium. His taste for experimentation (drawings with glue or rubbings) and DIY art is intended to demythologize art and its icons - like his image of John Cage ?unpainted? using water. Poetic in their precariousness, Rainier Lericolais? oeuvres are featured in the collections of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Limousin FRAC. He has enjoyed several solo exhibitions, notably at the Confort Moderne in Poitiers (France).