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Jean-Luc Lacroix, or the art that repairs.One recognizes a genuine creator, because his style, his brand, his signature are a permanent rewriting of his history and of the highlights of his life. Jean-Luc Lacroix is a poet who likes to thwart the rhyme: lock with sculpture, pulley and embroidery, nail wheel lock nut... gem!
A sculptor and designer of furniture in RecupArt, Jean-Luc Lacroix offers to older tools, utensils or other items the chance of a life more beautiful, a contemplative retreat. His talent in the art of recovery and his imagination in the creative reconstruction are without limits. A chair or a console in the sculptured design gives the tray of a pedal assembly the elegance of lace, a fifth wheel as a small pedestal table makes it a beautiful set to pulleys and cranks... But the effect of his work would be incomplete if it did not emphasize the humor that runs through each part: a phantasmagoric bestiary or realistic vain brightenes his work, as well as suggestive names like "Hangover sewer", "Urlub" or "Brutus".
RecupArt is a sign of our times, but Jean-Luc Lacroix was already confronted with it when he was a small child. His great-grandfather was a "collector", at times a scrapper, slasher, junkman and antiquarian. He had also been a horseshoer. Therefore the artist was quite young as he came in contact with junk and the arts of fire.
Today, Jean-Luc Lacroix finds his raw material as much in second hand goods as in a detour of a stroll in the forest. But the recovered material has meaning only through the total transformation that is happening in the heart of the workshop: furniture and sculptures receive care and finishes which are totally forgetting the state of filth and defilation of the original material: wheels, carcasses of burned-out cars, debris from steel, aluminum, brass or even of wood find a new reason to be. Each work can be manipulated as the most innocuous objects, even though it is often a mere scrap at the outset.
Today, when people ask Jean-Luc Lacroix what the creation of his sculptures gives him, he replies that it is his life, that he cannot do anything else, he is thinking about day and night. He alternates or accumulates the various stages of the creative process. The gestation period of a project is by far what occupies him the most: realization of sketches, investigations for the formatting of the parts or the circumvention of the obstacles, it is a permanent cogitation in which all of the elements are gathered for the pure work of the technical.
When we admire a sculpture of Jean-Luc Lacroix, we immediately identify an object, a character, an animal, we are touched by the kindness in his treatment, we smile at the breathtaking symbolic or humorous meaning which animates and and makes us recognize the object.
Finally, he is happy to share what inspired these objects.
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