Like a veritable alchemist, Romain Langlois, alters the substance of the materials he possesses and before our eyes he puts them back, not quite the same, not quite different. Changed into bronze, that piece of scrap wood takes on new life and has us questioning: Say, what exactly...
French contemporary artist, Romain Langlois has made a name for himself in bronze sculpture. His sculpture has a very particular shape.
Romain Langlois trained in design then worked for an architecture firm before ultimately turning his attention to sculpture. He got started by gathering as much technical knowledge as possible, talking with master sculptors before attending l'Ecole Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. After ten years of intense work Romain Langlois became conversant with all sorts of materials and learned to master all the different patinas. So he began to make his own pieces and, for its lasting and vibratory qualities, chose bronze to express his creativity.
He gets his inspiration from nature, tree stumps, rocks, branches… things that nature has abandoned Romain Langlois breaths new life into thanks to his spectacular work with bronze. With a more than realistic finish, the bronze imitates the grain and the bark of a tree or the rough surface of a rock. This newfound bit of nature, granted an imitation, is transformed formally and substantially : the shapes are stretched, dug out and a substance like liquid gold - obtained through intense polishing of the bronze - shoots out from these once rejected objects. Before our very eyes are born precious artifacts that have us forgetting the trivial nature of their origins.