Using fragments and cultural junk debris, I distort languages taken from pop culture, revealing porosity and strangeness. I propose some visual and sound montages involving various forms and references associated with entertainment – such as genre cinema, rock and roll or comic strips. Whether the work is a video, a photograph or installation, my manipulations remixes elements stemming from junk culture and daily life.
Chiefly motivated by the simple pleasure of mixing, my work amuses in the sense that it deceives. My lopsided montages or my absurd fables can bring the observer to question himself about signification, which seems to not remain fixed. The many signs incite the public to roam, “condemned to wander around without end in sight”. This wandering can solicitate grotesque pleasures without ever leading the observer to any conforting meaning.
This hodgepodge can probe a part of our cultural identity by a borrowed bias and a recontextualisation of archetypal figures. Lucha Libre wrestlers, black metal musicians, erotic dancers and lumberjacks cohabitates in an effort to tackle a heterogeneity peculiar to our time. My work critique and celebrate this heterogeneity. It's a matter of “making-do” ("faire-avec") in visuals and sounds in which language and its components are blurred so that we can forget reason and order and embrace lewdness and confusion.
- Jean-François Leboeuf