Eric Liot

Biography

Éric Liot was born in 1964 in the French city of Caen in Normandy. At first he wanted to become an architect and he studied architecture in Normandy and at the Université de la Villette in Paris. However, he broke off his studies because he was disappointed with the rigid academic climate he found at the university, and left Paris. He started travelling through Latin America, Africa and Asia and made a living as a designer of posters and furniture.

But then he increasingly began to identify the forms and materials he worked with in this métier as autonomous objects with their own aesthetics, quite separate from their functionality. Back in France, this experience made him decide to become an autonomous artist and he entered the field of neo-pop art. The world of popular culture offers him the ingredients to create panels, collages and assemblages in an associative and loose interplay of composition and construction. In a way, it is a new interpretation of his original interest in architecture; he combines his constructional skills with his fascination for the garish and brightly-coloured language of the world of advertising, strip cartoons and street art. A hectic and dynamic dialogue between objets trouvés, packing material and cult objects determine the look of Liot’s work.

He works both on the plane surface and in the three-dimensional area, which makes him a painter, a sculptor and an engineer of collages and assemblages at the same time. His work may be shown as an installation free in space, or it can form a relief when the different parts are put on top of each other. In Éric Liot’s work, the canvas made way for a wooden pole, which serves as a support and a crossbeam for the artwork. Much like the shape of the crossbeam, the screws he uses to fasten the pictorial elements play a visual role in the overall image of his work. In addition to the visual qualities, the tactile qualities of the work thus also interact with each other.

Éric Liot freely and humorously mocks the urbanized world around us. He reinterprets the often superficial images of our everyday life, offering the spectator a new panoramic view of the world.