The Swiss artist passion is all about sculptures and photography. They are co-dependent mediums. Lappert enjoys every single step of his work
WHAT CAME FIRST IN YOUR LIFE? THE PHOTOGRAPHY? THE SCULPTURE? ANOTHER PATH?
Drawing and painting as a student in Brussels ,then art video and sculptures in ECAL, Lausanne.
YOUR WORK IS ABOUT THE EPHEMERAL. IN WHAT SENSE? AND HOW DO YOU CARRY IT OUT?
I do project light on painted (or not) wooden sticks. I create geometrical forms
with the physical side of the object and their cast shadow(s). When I turn off the light "the balanced image disappears".
HOW DO YOU INVOLVE STREET ART IN YOUR WORK?
Street art is one of the keys, I think. Walking with sticks in a bag and opening my eyes to the beauty of urbanity. Putting wooden sticks here and there. Its a great fun part of my art process, it makes me smile and enjoy every step. I think it’s all about smile and laugh.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR WORK HAS EVOLVED FROM THE BEGINNING UNTILL TODAY?
I started in my garage two years ago, so my practice is constantly moving from that time.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EXPRESS THROUGH YOUR SCULPTURES AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS?
When I turn off the lights, my sculptures don’t exist anymore. So to keep a trace I had to fix it. I have to take pictures of it as testimonies of these minimalist past actions. There is when photography comes in . They are co-dependent mediums.
HOW DO YOUR SCULPTURES AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS MEET AND BECOME ONE?
What interests me in practice with lights and shadows is that as in life nothing last, never.
Wooden sticks I work with are just leaning against a wall. I can re-use them a thousand times if I want to. It's also a question of present time and past times.
With photography we fix a moment in time, in life, my life. Everything you do participate in your biography as a human being.
WHAT ABOUT THE SHADOWS?
The magic of shadows is that you need light to create them with a physical objects but shadows are non-physical, so it’s interesting to mix the two parts:physical side and reflections.
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