French artist Bernard Pras demonstrates innovation and resourcefulness in these elaborate anamorphic sculptures. For those new to the genre, anamorphosis is the act of creating art that is meant to be viewed from a particular perspective. Gallery patrons often walk into his exhibits perplexed by a seemingly meaningless pile of random junk and found objects. This confusion is instantly transmuted into wonder once the visitor steps into Bernard’s intended alignment and the picture aligns into place to reveal a cultural icon, or famous painting. It is a fascinating technique that took him decades to master as he evolved from more traditional approaches to art.
Bernard talks about his transition and inspiration in his interview with Age of Artists:
“I consider that my painting work became the current form of my work. I see it as a logical development of what I was doing in painting. It is an evolution and not a change. It was a reflection and a process that brought me to it naturally. Around thirty years old, I had an insight of what I wanted to do in regard of what I was painting. I realized that what I was interested in was nearly what I was doing between two paintings. This empty space, this kind of area… This mysterious link that ties together different paintings I painted consecutively. So I looked for a way to express that in a single element. It took me around twenty years to succeed roughly in what I was looking for.”All images courtesy of Bernard Pras