Thomas Léon (1981) currently works and lives in Paris, after earning a DNSEP (comparable to an MFA) at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon in 2005.
His installations hinge, for the most part, on the video medium. They are dense and complex, and, border on narratives. His preferred field of exploration is the unromantic urban landscape (collective housing, outlying urban zones), in which he evoke a particular states of emotion through the use of digital technology.
His work draws upon structural film and places a great deal of importance on form and construction. Léon’s installations have a double reflexive dimension, questioning the status of the work itself as much as the role of the person watching it. Their investigative nature also makes them tools of social and political criticism.
High Latency is a film about time and experiencing a work of art. The form and structure of video and the use of digital media and sound instill emotional tension in an environment that otherwise lacks it. The camera tracks forward and progresses into a snowy landscape. The video is divided into two equal parts which are linked together when the camera’s angle moves towards the floor. From this moment forward, the image slides from the representation of a physical space to a rhythmic abstraction. When the camera lifts up again, we are back at the beginning. Two successive soundtracks accompany each part of this video.
Drones is a series of machine images and was created from photographic shots, deformed and put into perspective digitally. A weightless and directionless video camera makes a series of long and regular tracking shots, crawling on the surfaces. The disoriented spectator looks over each architectural fragment, in an attempt at assessment.
Galerie Isabelle Gounod