"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 is a Brussels based sculptor who often uses photography to interpret sculpture within the space of the artist's studio. The diptych Lenticular Photographs, Los Angeles Studio, 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, Brancusi, and Rodin.
With the 3D effect of the lenticular process in mind, Vermeiren carefully composed the elements in each scene for the greatest depth. 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. Presenting the finished work in a 4 inch deep frame creates the illusion of the studios being projected from inside a portal. The lenticular process brings a vibration to this work that intimately pulls the viewer into the artist's space to encounter in stereo the creative process brought to life.
Vermeiren came to Los Angeles in 2007-2008 to create a new body of work (which has been exhibited internationally to great acclaim.) For his edition with The Lapis Press, Vermeiren was inspired by a lenticular postcard of Egyptian sculpture from the British Museum and asked if we could produce something like it with his photographs. Ever open to new challenges, we said "of course!" It ultimately took the studio months of rigorous testing to perfect the multi-layered lenticular process. Lenticular Photographs, Los Angeles Studio was a groundbreaking edition for The Lapis Press as it represented the first of many lenticular projects.