You can only look at a sculpture within the space surrounding it, whatever it is like because the actual material of the sculpture is the space. The space creates the sculpture and the sculpture creates the space. -Didier Vermeiren
The diptych Lenticular Photographs, Los Angeles Studio by Didier Vermeiren combines the 2D and 3D realms of photography and sculpture, honoring Vermeiren’s practice as well as the legacy of artist studio photographs in the tradition of Giacometti, Brâncuși and Rodin. With the 3D effect of the lenticular process in mind, Vermeiren carefully composed the elements in each scene for the greatest depth.
Didier Vermeiren is a Brussels based sculptor who often uses photography to interpret sculpture within the space of the artist’s studio. He was drawn to the cinematic light that is unique to Los Angeles and used it here to animate the forms, textures, and tones in the spaces. Vermeiren came to Los Angeles from 2007 to 2008 to create a new body of work, which has since been exhibited internationally to great acclaim. He was previously inspired by a lenticular postcard of an Egyptian sculpture from the British Museum and while in Los Angeles, asked The Lapis Press if we could produce something similar with his photographs. It ultimately took the studio months of rigorous testing to perfect the multi-layered lenticular process.
The lenticular process brings a vibration to this work that intimately pulls the viewer into the artist’s space to encounter the creative process brought to life. Presenting the finished work in a 4-inch-deep frame creates the illusion of the studios being projected from inside a portal. Lenticular Photographs, Los Angeles Studio was a groundbreaking edition for The Lapis Press as it represented the first of many lenticular projects.